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catching up

verb
present participle of catch up

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1 to catch or hold as if in a net
  • a young idealist who got caught up in the political fanaticism of the times

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2 to hold the attention of as if by a spell
  • completely caught up in opera ever since he saw La Traviata

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3 to hold the attention of
  • so caught up in the game that she didn't note the passage of time

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“Catching up.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/catching%20up. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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