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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Catch \Catch\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Caught}or {Catched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of capere to take, catch. See {Capacious}, and cf. {Chase}, {Case} a box.]

1. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball.

2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. "They pursued . . . and caught him." --Judg. i. 6.

3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.

4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. "To catch him in his words". --Mark xii. 13.

5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. "Fiery thoughts . . . whereof I catch the issue." --Tennyson.

6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.

7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.

The soothing arts that catch the fair. --Dryden.

8. To get possession of; to attain.

Torment myself to catch the English throne. --Shak.

9. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire.

10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.

11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.

{To catch fire}, to become inflamed or ignited.

{to catch it} to get a scolding or beating; to suffer punishment. [Colloq.]

{To catch one's eye}, to interrupt captiously while speaking. [Colloq.] "You catch me up so very short." --Dickens.

{To catch up}, to snatch; to take up suddenly.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Catch \Catch\, verb (used without an object)

1. To attain possession. [Obs.]

Have is have, however men do catch. --Shak.

2. To be held or impeded by entanglement or a light obstruction; as, a kite catches in a tree; a door catches so as not to open.

3. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.

4. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.

Does the sedition catch from man to man? --Addison.

{To catch at}, to attempt to seize; to be eager to get or use. "[To] catch at all opportunities of subverting the state." --Addison.

{To catch up with}, to come up with; to overtake.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Catch \Catch\, noun

1. Act of seizing; a grasp. --Sir P. Sidney.

2. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.

3. The posture of seizing; a state of preparation to lay hold of, or of watching he opportunity to seize; as, to lie on the catch. [Archaic] --Addison.

The common and the canon law . . . lie at catch, and wait advantages one againt another. --T. Fuller.

4. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.

Hector shall have a great catch if he knock out either of your brains. --Shak.

5. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony. [Colloq.] --Marryat.

6. pl. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.

It has been writ by catches with many intervals. --Locke.

7. A slight remembrance; a trace.

We retain a catch of those pretty stories. --Glanvill.

8. (Mus.) A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident; "it sounds good but what's the catch?" [syn: {catch}, {gimmick}]

2: the quantity that was caught; "the catch was only 10 fish" [syn: {catch}, {haul}]

3: a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect [syn: {catch}, {match}]

4: anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); "he shared his catch with the others"

5: a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

6: a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: {catch}, {stop}]

7: a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

8: a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; "he played catch with his son in the backyard"

9: the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion" [syn: {catch}, {grab}, {snatch}, {snap}]

10: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [syn: {apprehension}, {arrest}, {catch}, {collar}, {pinch}, {taking into custody}]


1: discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state; "She caught her son eating candy"; "She was caught shoplifting"

2: perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse" [syn: {catch}, {pick up}]

3: reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach" [syn: {get}, {catch}]

4: take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!" [syn: {catch}, {grab}, {take hold of}]

5: succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?" [syn: {get}, {catch}, {capture}]

6: to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup" [syn: {hitch}, {catch}] [ant: {unhitch}]

7: attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter" [syn: {catch}, {arrest}, {get}]

8: capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap today" [syn: {capture}, {catch}]

9: reach in time; "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"

10: get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"

11: catch up with and possibly overtake; "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp" [syn: {overtake}, {catch}, {catch up with}]

12: be struck or affected by; "catch fire"; "catch the mood"

13: check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"

14: hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table" [syn: {catch}, {take in}, {overhear}]

15: see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie" [syn: {watch}, {view}, {see}, {catch}, {take in}]

16: cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"

17: detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator" [syn: {trip up}, {catch}]

18: grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; "did you catch that allusion?"; "We caught something of his theory in the lecture"; "don't catch your meaning"; "did you get it?"; "She didn't get the joke"; "I just don't get him" [syn: {catch}, {get}]

19: contract; "did you catch a cold?"

20: start burning; "The fire caught"

21: perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time" [syn: {catch}, {get}]

22: suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!" [syn: {catch}, {get}]

23: attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts" [syn: {capture}, {enamour}, {trance}, {catch}, {becharm}, {enamor}, {captivate}, {beguile}, {charm}, {fascinate}, {bewitch}, {entrance}, {enchant}]

24: apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs" [syn: {catch}, {get}]

25: take in and retain; "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"

26: spread or be communicated; "The fashion did not catch"

27: be the catcher; "Who is catching?"

28: become aware of; "he caught her staring out the window"

29: delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

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