catch meaning

EN[kætʃ] [kɛtʃ] [ˈkʰæt͡ʃ] [ˈkʰɛt͡ʃ] [-ætʃ] [-ɛtʃ]
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    Definition of catch in English Dictionary

  • NounPLcatches
    1. NC The act of seizing or capturing. syn.
      1. The catch of the perpetrator was the product of a year of police work.
    2. NC The act of catching an object in motion, especially a ball. syn. transl.
      1. The player made an impressive catch.
      2. Nice catch!
    3. NC The act of noticing, understanding or hearing. syn. transl.
      1. Good catch. I never would have remembered that.
    4. NU The game of catching a ball. transl.
      1. The kids love to play catch.
    5. NC A find, in particular a boyfriend or girlfriend or prospective spouse. syn. transl.
      1. Did you see his latest catch?
      2. He's a good catch.
    6. NC Something which is captured or caught. transl. syn.
      1. The fishermen took pictures of their catch.
      2. The catch amounted to five tons of swordfish.
    7. NC A stopping mechanism, especially a clasp which stops something from opening. syn. transl.
      1. She installed a sturdy catch to keep her cabinets closed tight.
    8. NC A hesitation in voice, caused by strong emotion.
      1. There was a catch in his voice when he spoke his father's name.
    9. NC (sometimes noun adjunct) A concealed difficulty, especially in a deal or negotiation. syn. transl.
      1. It sounds like a great idea, but what's the catch?
      2. Be careful, that's a catch question.
    10. NC A crick; a sudden muscle pain during unaccustomed positioning when the muscle is in use.
      1. I bent over to see under the table and got a catch in my side.
    11. NC A fragment of music or poetry. syn.
      1. In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
    12. OBS A state of readiness to capture or seize; an ambush.
      1. You lie at the catch again: this is not for edification.
    13. NC (agriculture) A crop which has germinated and begun to grow.
      1. There was a good catch of rye and a good fall growth.
    14. OBS A type of strong boat, usually having two masts; a ketch.
      1. NC (music) A type of humorous round in which the voices gradually catch up with one another; usually sung by men and often having bawdy lyrics.
        1. NC (music) The refrain; a line or lines of a song which are repeated from verse to verse. syn.
          1. The phrase repeated itself like the catch of a song.
        2. NC (cricket, baseball) The act of catching a hit ball before it reaches the ground, resulting in an out.
          1. It was he who removed Peter Bowler with the help of a good catch at third slip.
        3. NC (cricket) A player in respect of his catching ability; particularly one who catches well.
          1. [ …] in the field he is all activity, covers an immense amount of ground, and is a sure catch.
        4. NC (rowing) The first contact of an oar with the water.
          1. They are sitting up straighter, breaking their arms at the catch and getting on a terrific amount of power at the catch with each stroke.
        5. NC (phonetics) A stoppage of breath, resembling a slight cough.
          1. The glottal stop or glottal catch is the sound used in English in the informal words uh-huh 'yes' and uh-uh 'no'.
        6. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
          1. A slight remembrance; a trace.
          2. VerbSGcatchesPRcatchingPT, PPcaught
            1. (heading) To capture, overtake.
              1. I hope I catch a fish.  He ran but we caught him at the exit.   The police caught the robber at a nearby casino. ‎
              2. And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
              3. The public [ …] said that Miss Bogardus was a suffragist because she had never caught a man; that she wanted something, but it wasn't the vote.
              4. If he catches you on the chin, you'll be on the mat. ‎
              5. If you leave now you might catch him.  I would love to have dinner but I have to catch a plane. ‎
              6. He was caught on video robbing the bank.  He was caught in the act of stealing a biscuit. ‎
              7. catch the bus ‎
              8. Had Nancy got caught with a child? If so she would destroy her parent's dreams for her.
            2. (heading) To seize hold of.
              1. I caught her by the arm and turned her to face me. ‎
              2. I have to stop for a moment and catch my breath.  I caught some Z's on the train. ‎
              3. My leg was caught in a tree-root. ‎
              4. Be careful your dress doesn't catch on that knob.  His voice caught when he came to his father's name. ‎
              5. Push it in until it catches.  The engine finally caught and roared to life. ‎
              6. I caught my heel on the threshold. ‎
              7. He caught at the railing as he fell. ‎
              8. The fire spread slowly until it caught the eaves of the barn. ‎
              9. Stop gathering, in that gradual fashion, and catch the water sharply and decisively.
              10. The seeds caught and grew. ‎
              11. If you are surfing a wave through the rocks, make sure you have a clear route before catching the wave.
              12. When the program catches an exception, this is recorded in the log file. ‎
            3. (heading) To intercept.
              1. I will throw you the ball, and you catch it.  Watch me catch this raisin in my mouth. ‎
              2. she internally resolved henceforward to catch every opportunity of eyeing the hair and of satisfying herself,  [ …] .
              3. Townsend hit 29 before he was caught by Wilson. ‎
              4. He caught the last three innings. ‎
            4. (heading) To receive (by being in the way).
              1. You're going to catch a beating if they find out. ‎
              2. The sunlight caught the leaves and the trees turned to gold.  Her hair was caught by the light breeze. ‎
              3. Everyone seems to be catching the flu this week. ‎
              4. Does the sedition catch from man to man?
              5. The bucket catches water from the downspout.  The trees caught quickly in the dry wind. ‎
              6. She finally caught the mood of the occasion. ‎
              7. He caught a bullet in the back of the head last year. ‎
              8. The nets caught well, and Mr. Deeley reported it the best fishing ground he ever tried.
              9. Well, if you didn't catch this time, we'll have more fun trying again until you do. ‎
            5. (heading) To take in with one's senses or intellect.
              1. Did you catch his name?  Did you catch the way she looked at him? ‎
              2. I have some free time tonight so I think I'll catch a movie. ‎
              3. You've really caught his determination in this sketch. ‎
            6. (heading) To seize attention, interest.
              1. No, a far more natural beauty caught him.
              2. He managed to catch her attention.  The enormous scarf did catch my eye. ‎
            7. (heading) To obtain or experience.
            8. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • Steve caught wind of Martha's dalliance with his best friend. ‎
                • "The chaps as catches the big fishes, sir," went on the keeper, getting confidential, "is thay cussed night-line poachers."
                • I was so embarrassed when my mother caught me wanking.
              2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • He returned on Monday with a tall tale about a 100-pound fish he had caught.
                • His infamous behaviour only redounded back upon him when he was caught.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Nouns
                • Countable nouns
                  • Singularia tantum
                    • Uncountable nouns
                  • Verbs
                    • Intransitive verbs
                      • Transitive verbs
                        • Verbs by inflection type
                          • Irregular verbs
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                      1. fr catch
                      2. en catching
                      3. en catcher
                      4. fr catcher
                      5. en catchy
                      Source: Wiktionary
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                      Meaning of catch for the defined word.

                      Grammatically, this word "catch" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb, a transitive verb and a verbs by inflection type.
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