catch up

verb

Definition of catch up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pick up often abruptly the thief caught the purse up and ranb :  ensnare, entangle education has been caught up in a stultifying mythology — N. M. Puseyc :  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. 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 1) 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. 3a :  to complete or compensate (see compensate 1) for something belatedly catch up on lost sleepb :  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

Origin and Etymology of catch up

see 1catch


First Known Use: 14th century



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