noun (1)
catch·​up | \ ˈke-chəp How to pronounce catchup (audio) , ˈka- How to pronounce catchup (audio) \

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: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes


\ ˈkach-ˌəp How to pronounce catch-up (audio) , ˈkech- \

Definition of catch-up (Entry 2 of 4)

: intended to catch up to a theoretical norm or a competitor's accomplishments


noun (2)

Definition of catch-up (Entry 3 of 4)

: the act or fact of catching up or trying to catch up (as with a norm or competitor) had to play catch-up also : an increase intended to achieve catch-up

catch up

caught up; catching up; catches up

Definition of catch up (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to provide with the latest information catch me up on the news

intransitive verb

1a : to travel fast enough to overtake an advance party The soldier ran to catch up with his unit.
b : to reach a state of parity (see parity sense 1) or of being able to cope students who miss class have difficulty catching up
2 : to bring about arrest for illicit activities the police caught up with the thieves
3a : to complete or compensate (see compensate sense 1) for something belatedly catch up on lost sleep
b : to acquire belated information catch up on the news

Synonyms & Antonyms for catchup

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of catchup in a Sentence

Verb a young idealist who got caught up in the political fanaticism of the times completely caught up in opera ever since he saw La Traviata
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Policymakers have been hoping that, as the pandemic eases, consumers will shift back to spending on services, allowing supply chains to catch up and inflation to cool. New York Times, 29 July 2022 The transformational three-hour meal was punctuated by a lifetime of catch up, memories shared, genetics and family history revealed, nature and nurture compared and contrasted. Adam Kincaid, ajc, 26 July 2022 That made Amanat the perfect person to catch up with at this point in Ms. Marvel's run, when the show is clearly delving into Kamala's deep roots — not just in her hometown of Jersey City, but also in Pakistan and even other dimensions. Christian Holub,, 30 June 2022 With that in mind, Renata organized a big trip to Disneyland with her extended group of friends -- an opportunity for a catch up after her time away. Francesca Street, CNN, 29 June 2022 Eventually, officers did catch up with Harden, whom now faces charges of eluding a law enforcement officer and reckless operation, WFLA reported. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 28 June 2022 Intentional travel with friends, where folks catch up on the more profound moments in life, can also foster the kinds of deep connections many of us may think are reserved for family reunions. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 So, what steps should be taken to help the venture capital ecosystem finally catch up? Forbes, 21 June 2022 In that way, Apple helps existing carmakers catch up with Tesla and its curiously iPad-like interface. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of catchup


1879, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1885, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for catchup


see catch entry 1

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“Catchup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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