\ˈkȯt also ˈkät\;
:to capture or seize especially after pursuit
:to take or entangle in or as if in a snare
:to discover unexpectedly :find
:to check (oneself) suddenly or momentarily
- He started to say the wrong thing but quickly caught himself.
:to become suddenly aware of
:to take hold of :seize
- He caught her by the arm as she tripped.
:to affect suddenly
- The announcement caught me by surprise.
:to grasp and hold on to (something in motion)
:to avail oneself of :take
- caught the first opportunity to leave
:to obtain through effort :get
:to overtake unexpectedly
—usually used in the passive
:to become affected by: such as
:to respond sympathetically to the point of being imbued (see imbue 1) with
- catch the spirit of an occasion
:to be struck by
- He caught a bullet in the leg.
:to take in and retain
- a barrel to catch rainwater
:to take or get usually momentarily or quickly
- catch a glimpse of a friend
- catch the leader in a race
:to make contact with :strike
- The pitch caught him in the back.
:to grasp by the senses or the mind
:to apprehend and fix by artistic means
- The new portrait catches her likeness perfectly.
:to listen to
- caught the last part of the concert
:to serve as a catcher for in baseball
- caught both ends of the doubleheader
:to grasp hastily or try to grasp
:to become caught
- The kite caught in the tree branches.
:to play the position of catcher on a baseball team
an easily catchable fly ball
catch a crab
:to fail to raise an oar clear of the water on recovery of a stroke
:to find or see at any time
—used in strongly negative constructions
- wouldn't be caught dead in that shirt
:to become fired with enthusiasm
:to increase greatly in scope, popularity, interest, or effectiveness
- this stock has not caught fire—yet
:to incur blame, reprimand, or punishment
- He'll really catch it from the boss if he's late again.
catch one's breath
:to rest long enough to restore normal breathing;
:to rest after a period of intense activity