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catch

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1 a danger or difficulty that is hidden or not easily recognized

  • the catch is that you have to come up with the money by tomorrow
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2 someone or something unusually desirable

  • everyone thought the captain of the football team was a real catch
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3 the total amount collected or obtained especially at one time

  • the total catch for our day at the creek was six fish and a crab
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1 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly

  • we tried to catch the kitten before she could sneak out the door
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take hold (of)

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2 to become affected with (a disease or disorder)

  • youʼll catch the flu for sure if you donʼt get a shot
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3 to bring (something) to a standstill

  • I caught myself just as I was about to step into the freshly poured concrete
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4 to put securely in place or in a desired position

  • caught back her hair with a barrette
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5 to have a clear idea of

  • I didnʼt catch the point you were making about our nationʼs foreign policy
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pick up on

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6 to cause to believe what is untrue

  • a number of media outlets were caught by the woman's hard-luck story
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do a number on, lead one down the garden path (also lead one up the garden path), pull one's leg, pull the wool over one's eyes

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7 to come upon face-to-face or as if face-to-face

  • I'll catch you at the library tomorrow
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bump into, cross paths (with), run across, run into, run upon

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8 to make note of (something) through the use of one's eyes

  • I looked out the window just in time to catch the neighbor's dog digging up my flower bed
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get a load of [slang], lay eyes on, set eyes on

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9 to move fast enough to get even with

  • despite the suspect's considerable lead, the fleet-footed police officer was able to catch him and make an arrest
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Synonym Discussion of catch

catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding.
    • caught the dog as it ran by
capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty.
    • capture an enemy stronghold
trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing.
    • trap animals
    • snared butterflies with a net
entrap and ensnare more often are figurative.
    • entrapped the witness with a trick question
    • a sting operation that ensnared burglars
bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey.
    • bagged a brace of pheasants


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