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

Definition of catching

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

Examples of catching in a Sentence

“I have a cold.” “Is it catching?” a cold is often catching before the symptoms even begin
Recent Examples on the Web Jacob Nottingham was recalled from Class AAA San Antonio to provide additional catching depth until Piña is able to return. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2019 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, 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, 16 Feb. 2018 Staff there said most catching flights were those trying to go to Dubai. Washington Post, 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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“Catching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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