catch up with

idiom

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.

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