catchup

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

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: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes

catch-up

adjective
\ 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

catch-up

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

verb
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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for catchup

Synonyms: Verb

enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrap, mesh, net, snare, tangle, trap

Antonyms: Verb

disentangle, untangle

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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

In this new climate, series could tell extended stories over entire seasons; viewers were encouraged to catch up. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 Last season, an obvious progression was notable: The young outfielder struggled to catch up to major league fastballs early on, and then, towards the end of the season, his timing improved significantly. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Harold Castro, Victor Reyes proving themselves for roster spots in 2020," 16 Sep. 2019 The climate challenges Iowa faces today help explain why scientists and advocates are so eager for the issue’s political salience to catch up to its ecological and economic importance. Justin Worland / Des Moines, Time, "How Climate Change in Iowa is Changing U.S. Politics," 12 Sep. 2019 Much of the week is spent catching up with friends and colleagues in the field. Matt Lanza, Ars Technica, "In speech to forecasters, NOAA chief tries to tamp down Sharpie controversy," 10 Sep. 2019 Of course, what won't be evident to outsiders, or media, is the impact of Haslem in the locker room or on the practice court, a presence that could allow the staff to maximize the current roster without having to get caught up in any melodrama. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are the Heat sacrificing developmental possibilities?," 8 Sep. 2019 In an age where misleading words travel around the world at the speed of light, and the truth often takes days or weeks to catch up, the repercussions of deepfakes could be devastating. David Singer, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can (and Can’t) Fight Back Against Deepfake Videos (Guest Column)," 7 Sep. 2019 But progress remains slow because, though the N.I.H. has now determined that the disease is biological, funding has yet to catch up. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 The move comes as the Senate seeks to catch up with the higher salaries offered by the House of Representatives. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona Senate gives big raises to staff, but parity in pay questioned," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of catchup

Adjective

1879, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1885, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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

History and Etymology for catchup

Verb

see catch entry 1

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