Synonyms and Antonyms of catch

  1. 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 Synonyms of catch booby trap, pitfall, catch-22, gimmick, gotcha, hitch, joker, land mine, snagWords Related to catch snare, trap, trip wire, web; hazard, peril, risk; bomb, bombshell, kicker, surprise (also surprize); bait, decoy, lure

  2. 2 someone or something unusually desirable everyone thought the captain of the football team was a real catch Synonyms of catch prize, gem, jewel, pearl, plum, treasureWords Related to catch blessing, find, godsend, goody (or goodie), valuable, windfall; booty, loot, plunder, spoil, swag; brass ring; glory, pride; gold, jackpot, prize money, treasure troveNear Antonyms of catch lemon, loser

  3. 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 Synonyms of catch bounty, haul, take, yieldWords Related to catch bag; earnings, gain, gross, income, net, payoff, proceeds, profit, receipts, return, revenue, winnings; booty, loot, plunder, spoils, swag; appropriation, collectionNear Antonyms of catch deduction, loss, subtraction



Synonyms and Antonyms of catch

  1. 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 Synonyms of catch bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap Words Related to catch glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off) Phrases take hold (of) Near Antonyms of catch discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhand Antonyms of catch miss

  2. 2 to become affected with (a disease or disorder) you'll catch the flu for sure if you don't get a shot Synonyms of catch contract, come down (with), get, go down (with) [chiefly British], sicken (with), takeWords Related to catch break out (with); die (from), succumb (to); fail, languish, sink, waste (away), weaken, wilt, wither, worsenNear Antonyms of catch come back, gain, heal, mend, recoup, recover, recuperate, snap back; rally, rebound, recover (from), shake (off)

  3. 3 to bring (something) to a standstill I caught myself just as I was about to step into the freshly poured concrete Synonyms of catch arrest, bring up, halt, check, draw up, fetch up, hold up, pull up, stall, stay, still, stopWords Related to catch baffle, balk, block, blockade, bottleneck, clog, dam, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, obstruct, snag, stem; conclude, cut off, end, terminate; call, discontinue, suspend; choke off, rein (in), repress, squash, squelch, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn backNear Antonyms of catch carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep (on), keep up, persist, run on; advance, fare, go along, march, move, proceed, progress, wend; actuate, budge, drive, goad, impel, propel, push, spur, stir

  4. 4 to put securely in place or in a desired position caught back her hair with a barrette Synonyms of catch anchor, fasten, clamp, fix, hitch, moor, secure, setWords Related to catch embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), implant, ingrain (also engrain), lodge, stuff, wedgeNear Antonyms of catch extract, prize, pry, pull, root (out), tear (out), uproot, wrest, yankAntonyms of catch loose, loosen, unfasten, unfix, unloose, unloosen

  5. 5 to have a clear idea of I didn't catch the point you were making about our nation's foreign policy Synonyms of catch appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, comprehend, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understandWords Related to catch absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of catch misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of catch miss

  6. 6 to cause to believe what is untrue a number of media outlets were caught by the woman's hard-luck story Synonyms of catch bamboozle, beguile, bluff, buffalo, burn, deceive, con, cozen, delude, dupe, fake out, fool, gaff, gammon, gull, have, have on [chiefly British], hoax, hoodwink, hornswoggle, humbug, juggle, misguide, misinform, mislead, snooker, snow, spoof, string along, sucker, suck in, take in, trickWords Related to catch kid, put on, tease; bleed, cheat, chisel, defraud, diddle, euchre, flam, fleece, gyp, hustle, mulct, rook, shortchange, skin, squeeze, stick, sting, swindleNear Antonyms of catch debunk, expose, reveal, show up, uncloak, uncover, unmask; disclose, divulge, tell, unveil; disabuse, disenchant, disillusionAntonyms of catch undeceive

  7. 7 to come upon face-to-face or as if face-to-face I'll catch you at the library tomorrow Synonyms of catch meet, chance (upon), encounter, happen (upon), stumble (upon)Words Related to catch accost, confront; face, greet, salute; collide (with), crash (into); crisscross, cross, pass; hit (upon), light (upon), tumble (to); reencounter, remeetNear Antonyms of catch avoid, dodge, duck, elude, escape, evade, shake, shun

  8. 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 Synonyms of catch behold, see, descry, discern, distinguish, espy, eye, look (at), note, notice, observe, perceive, regard, remark, sight, spot, spy, view, witnessWords Related to catch identify, make out, pick out, pick up; attend (to), consider, heed, mark, mind; study, watch; examine, inspect, scan, scrutinize, survey; glance (at), glimpse, peer (at)Near Antonyms of catch disregard, ignore, neglect, overpass, pass over; miss, overlook

  9. 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 Synonyms of catch overtake, catch up (with), overhaulWords Related to catch chase, pursue; gain, reach; pass, surpassNear Antonyms of catch fall short

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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