catch up with

Definition of catch up with

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  to find and arrest (someone) The police eventually caught up with him in Texas.

  4. 4 informal :  to meet with (someone) I've got to go. I'll catch up with you later.

Word by Word Definitions

catchplay
  1. :  to capture or seize especially after pursuit

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

    :  deceive

  1. :  something caught

    :  the total quantity caught at one time

    :  the act, action, or fact of catching

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

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

    :  up into or in the

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

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : 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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