catch·​ing | \ ˈka-chiŋ How to pronounce catching (audio) , ˈke-\

Definition of catching

1 : infectious, contagious the flu is catching his spirit is catching

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Examples of catching in a Sentence

“I have a cold.” “Is it catching?” a cold is often catching before the symptoms even begin

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However, the company has been struggling with catching objects: SpaceX has been trying to catch part of the Falcon 9’s nose cone, using a boat with a giant net. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How Elon Musk could recover rockets with balloons — just not the party kind," 18 Apr. 2018 While 32 games of a full season, 130 is a big number these days in the catching world. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Profar has a chance to play every day for Rangers ... in 2019," 16 Feb. 2018 Staff there said most catching flights were those trying to go to Dubai. Washington Post, "Crisis sees air travel hub Qatar cut off from local routes," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of catching

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of catching was in 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of catching

: able to be passed quickly from one person or animal to another


catch·​ing | \ ˈka-ching, ˈke-\

Kids Definition of catching

1 : infectious sense 1, contagious Is her illness catching?
2 : likely to spread as if infectious The laughter was catching.

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to form ideas or theories about something

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