catching

adjective catch·ing

Definition of catching

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

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 Synonyms

Synonyms
contagious, communicable, pestilent, transmissible, transmittable
Antonyms
noncommunicable
Related Words
infectious, infective
Near Antonyms
noninfectious


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


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