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catch up

verb

Definition of catch up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to pick up often abruptly <the thief caught the purse up and ran> b :  ensnare, entangle <education has been caught up in a stultifying mythology — N. M. Pusey> c :  enthrall <the … public was caught up in the car's magic — D. A. Jedlicka>

  3. 2 :  to provide with the latest information <catch me up on the news>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to travel fast enough to overtake an advance party b :  to reach a state of parity or of being able to cope <students who miss class have difficulty catching up>

  6. 2 :  to bring about arrest for illicit activities <the police caught up with the thieves>

  7. 3 a :  to complete or compensate for something belatedly <catch up on lost sleep> b :  to acquire belated information <catch up on the news>



Examples of catch up in a sentence

  1. <a young idealist who got caught up in the political fanaticism of the times>

  2. <completely caught up in opera ever since he saw La Traviata>



14th Century

First Known Use of catch up

14th century



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