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catches

verb
present tense third-person singular of catch

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(Entry 1 of 2)

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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2 to become affected with (a disease or disorder)
  • you'll catch the flu for sure if you don't get a shot

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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 didn't catch the point you were making about our nation's foreign policy

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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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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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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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catches

noun
plural of 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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“Catches.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/catches. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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