catchup

noun catch·up \ ˈke-chəp , ˈka- \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

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: a seasoned pureed condiment usually made from tomatoes

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catch-up

adjective \ ˈkach-ˌəp , ˈkech- \

Definition of catch-up

: intended to catch up to a theoretical norm or a competitor's accomplishments

First Known Use of catch-up

1945


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catch-up

noun

Definition of catch-up

: the act or fact of catching up or trying to catch up (as with a norm or competitor)
  • had to play catch-up
; also : an increase intended to achieve catch-up

First Known Use of catch-up

1948


catch up

verb

Definition of catch up

transitive verb
1 a : to pick up often abruptly
  • the thief caught the purse up and ran
b : ensnare, entangle
  • education has been caught up in a stultifying mythology
  • —N. M. Pusey
c : enthrall
  • the … public was caught up in the car's magic
  • —D. A. Jedlicka
2 : to provide with the latest information
  • catch me up on the news
intransitive verb
1 a : to travel fast enough to overtake an advance party
  • The soldier ran to catch up with his unit.
b : to reach a state of parity (see parity 1) or of being able to cope
  • students who miss class have difficulty catching up
2 : to bring about arrest for illicit activities
  • the police caught up with the thieves
3 a : to complete or compensate (see compensate 1) for something belatedly
  • catch up on lost sleep
b : to acquire belated information
  • catch up on the news

Examples of catch up in a Sentence

  1. a young idealist who got caught up in the political fanaticism of the times

  2. completely caught up in opera ever since he saw La Traviata

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Origin and Etymology of catch up

see 1catch

catch up Synonyms



Learn More about catchup

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of catchup


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