catch up with

Definition of catch up with

1 or US catch up to :to move fast enough to join (someone or something that is in front)
  • Slow down so that I can catch up with you.
  • She ran as fast as she could, but she couldn't catch up to her brother.
often used figuratively
  • The company will need to start using more advanced technologies in order to catch up with its competitors in the industry.
2 :to begin to affect (someone) usually in a bad way
  • All those late nights are really starting to catch up with me!
  • Old age catches up with everyone in the end.
3 :to find and arrest (someone)
  • The police eventually caught up with him in Texas.
4 informal :to meet with (someone)
  • I've got to go. I'll catch up with you later.

Word by Word Definitions

catch play
  1. : to capture or seize especially after pursuit

  2. : to take or entangle in or as if in a snare

  3. : deceive

  1. : something caught

  2. : the act, action, or fact of catching

  3. : a game in which a ball is thrown and caught

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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