catching

adjective
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
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, "Manny Piña sidelined with mild concussion; Jacob Nottingham recalled from minor leagues," 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, "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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“Catching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catching. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for catching

catching

adjective
How to pronounce catching (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of catching

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

catching

adjective
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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