catch up


Definition of CATCH UP

transitive verb
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>
:  to provide with the latest information <catch me up on the news>
intransitive verb
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>
:  to bring about arrest for illicit activities <the police caught up with the thieves>
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

  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>

First Known Use of CATCH UP

14th century


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