catch Definition

  • 1intercept and hold (something that has been thrown, propelled, or dropped)
  • 2capture (a person or animal that tries or would try to escape)
  • 3become held or lodged in a part of the body

Using catch: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "catch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She caught the ball with one hand.

  • Example

    The police caught the thief after a long chase.

  • Example

    I caught my foot in the door and fell over.

catch Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for catch

Idioms Using catch

  • catch someone's eye

    attract someone's attention


    The bright colors of the painting caught my eye as I walked by.

  • surprise someone by doing something unexpected


    The interviewer's question caught me off guard and I didn't know how to respond.

  • catch someone red-handed

    discover someone in the act of doing something wrong


    The teacher caught the student red-handed cheating on the test.

Phrases with catch

  • catch up

    reach the same level as someone or something ahead; become current


    I need to catch up on my work before the weekend.

  • understand or become popular


    The new trend is really catching on among young people.

  • see briefly or unexpectedly


    I caught sight of an old friend in the crowd.

Origins of catch

from Old English 'caeccan', meaning 'to seize, grasp'


Summary: catch in Brief

The verb 'catch' [kætʃ] means to intercept and hold something that has been thrown or dropped, capture a person or animal, or become lodged in a part of the body. It can also be used in phrases like 'catch up,' meaning to reach the same level as someone or something ahead, and idioms like 'catch someone's eye,' meaning to attract someone's attention.

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