catching

adjective catch·ing

Definition of catching

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

  2. 2 :  catchy, alluring

Examples of catching in a Sentence

  1. I have a cold. Is it catching?

  2. a cold is often catching before the symptoms even begin

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First Known Use of catching

1590



CATCHING Defined for English Language Learners

catching

adjective

Definition of catching for English Language Learners

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


CATCHING Defined for Kids

catching

adjective catch·ing \ˈka-ching, ˈke-\

Definition of catching for Students

  1. 1 :  infectious 1, contagious Is her illness catching?

  2. 2 :  likely to spread as if infectious The laughter was catching.



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