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Definition 1: the act of catching an object with the hands - [noun denoting act]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Mays made the catch with his back to the plate
  • he made a grab for the ball before it landed
  • Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away
  • the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) the act of putting two things together with no space between them

"at his touch the room filled with lights"

(... is a kind of catch ) (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled

(... is a kind of catch ) (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team

(... is a kind of catch ) (American football) the act of catching a pass in football

"the tight end made a great reception on the 20 yard line"

(... is a kind of catch ) the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot

(... is a kind of catch ) (baseball) a running catch made near the ground

(... is a kind of catch ) the act of interlocking or meshing

"an interlocking of arms by the police held the crowd in check"

Definition 2: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Definition 3: a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth - [noun denoting act]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he played catch with his son in the backyard

(catch is a kind of ...) an amusement or pastime

"they played word games" "he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time" "his life was all fun and games"

Definition 4: a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window - [noun denoting artifact]

(catch is a kind of ...) restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

(... is a kind of catch ) a fastener for a door or lid; a hinged metal plate is fitted over a staple and is locked with a pin or padlock

(... is a kind of catch ) a catch that holds the hood of a car shut

(... is a kind of catch ) a catch for locking a door

(... is a kind of catch ) catch for fastening a door or gate; a bar that can be lowered or slid into a groove

Definition 5: a restraint that checks the motion of something - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he used a book as a stop to hold the door open

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) a device that retards something's motion

"the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

(... is a kind of catch ) any of various stops on a workbench against which work can be pushed (as while chiseling or planing)

(... is a kind of catch ) a stop that keeps open doors from moving

(... is a kind of catch ) a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward

(... is a kind of catch ) a catch mechanism that acts as a switch

"the pressure activates the tripper and releases the water"

Definition 6: a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it sounds good but what's the catch?

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) the quality of being a hindrance

"he pointed out all the drawbacks to my plan"

Definition 7: a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion) - [noun denoting communication]

(catch is a kind of ...) your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

"his manner of speaking was quite abrupt" "her speech was barren of southernisms" "I detected a slight accent in his speech"

Definition 8: anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching) - [noun denoting object]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he shared his catch with the others

(catch is a kind of ...) a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

"it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"

Definition 9: a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) a fully developed person from maturity onward

Definition 10: the quantity that was caught - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the catch was only 10 fish

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) an estimated quantity

Definition 11: contract - [verb of body]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • did you catch a cold?

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

"He got AIDS" "She came down with pneumonia" "She took a chill"

(... is a kind of catch ) come down with a cold

Definition 12: be struck or affected by - [verb of change]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • catch fire
  • catch the mood

(catch is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) suffer from the receipt of

"She will catch hell for this behavior!"

Definition 13: delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned - [verb of change]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting

(catch is a kind of ...) cause to be slowed down or delayed

"Traffic was delayed by the bad weather" "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

"I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"

Definition 14: detect a blunder or misstep - [verb of cognition]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The reporter tripped up the senator

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

"I learned that she has two grown-up children" "I see that you have been promoted"

Definition 15: discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state - [verb of cognition]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She caught her son eating candy
  • She was caught shoplifting

(catch is a kind of ...) cause to be surprised

"The news really surprised me"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) become aware of

"he caught her staring out the window"

Definition 16: grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • did you catch that allusion?
  • We caught something of his theory in the lecture
  • don't catch your meaning
  • did you get it?
  • She didn't get the joke
  • I just don't get him

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) apprehend and reproduce accurately

"She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings" "She got the mood just right in her photographs"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) acquire as a result of some effort or action

"You cannot get water out of a stone" "Where did she get these news?"

Definition 17: become aware of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he caught her staring out the window

(catch is a kind of ...) perceive or be contemporaneous with

"We found Republicans winning the offices" "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school" "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions" "I want to see results"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state

"She caught her son eating candy" "She was caught shoplifting"

Definition 18: be the catcher - [verb of competition]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Who is catching?

(catch is a kind of ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

"Catch the ball!" "Grab the elevator door!"

(catch belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 19: catch up with and possibly overtake - [verb of competition]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) reach in time

"I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"

Definition 20: take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Catch the ball!
  • Grab the elevator door!

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) take hold of; grab

"The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

(... is a kind of catch ) spear with a harpoon

"harpoon whales"

(... is a kind of catch ) catch or try to catch fish or shellfish

"I like to go fishing on weekends"

(... is a kind of catch ) catch with a hook

"hook a fish"

(... is a kind of catch ) catch with a net

"net a fish"

(... is a kind of catch ) seize on its way

"The fighter plane was ordered to intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's airspace"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) be the catcher

"Who is catching?"

Definition 21: succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We finally got the suspect
  • Did you catch the thief?

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) take hold of; grab

"The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

(... is a kind of catch ) capture again

"recapture the escaped prisoner"

(... is a kind of catch ) catch with a lasso

"rope cows"

Definition 22: capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I caught a rabbit in the trap today

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

(... is a kind of catch ) pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

"Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland" "The dogs are running deer" "The Duke hunted in these woods"

(... is a kind of catch ) hunt frogs for food

(... is a kind of catch ) capture or kill, as in hunting

"bag a few pheasants"

(... is a kind of catch ) catch birds by temporarily blinding them

(... is a kind of catch ) catch rats, especially with dogs

(... is a kind of catch ) catch in or as if in a trap

"The men trap foxes"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) take in and retain

"We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"

Definition 23: to hook or entangle - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • One foot caught in the stirrup

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) cause to be attached

(... is a kind of catch ) catch on a snag

"I snagged my stocking"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

"I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"

Definition 24: attract and fix - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His look caught her
  • She caught his eye
  • Catch the attention of the waiter

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

"Her good looks attract the stares of many men" "The ad pulled in many potential customers" "This pianist pulls huge crowds" "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"

Definition 25: cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

"I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) to hook or entangle

"One foot caught in the stirrup"

Definition 26: spread or be communicated - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fashion did not catch

(catch is a kind of ...) become distributed or widespread

"the infection spread" "Optimism spread among the population"

Definition 27: take in and retain - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater

(catch is a kind of ...) get or gather together

"I am accumulating evidence for the man's unfaithfulness to his wife" "She is amassing a lot of data for her thesis" "She rolled up a small fortune"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

"I caught a rabbit in the trap today"

Definition 28: reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot - [verb of contact]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the rock caught her in the back of the head
  • The blow got him in the back
  • The punch caught him in the stomach

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

"He hit her hard in the face"

Definition 29: apprehend and reproduce accurately - [verb of creation]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings
  • She got the mood just right in her photographs

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) recreate a sound, image, idea, mood, atmosphere, etc.

"this DVD player reproduces the sound of the piano very well" "He reproduced the feeling of sadness in the portrait"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of

"did you catch that allusion?" "We caught something of his theory in the lecture" "don't catch your meaning" "did you get it?" "She didn't get the joke" "I just don't get him"

Definition 30: attract; cause to be enamored - [verb of emotion]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She captured all the men's hearts

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) be attractive to

"The idea of a vacation appeals to me" "The beautiful garden attracted many people"

(... is a kind of catch ) hold the attention of

"The soprano held the audience" "This story held our interest" "She can hold an audience spellbound"

(... is a kind of catch ) gratify and charm, usually in order to influence

"the political candidate worked the crowds"

Definition 31: reach in time - [verb of motion]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock

(catch is a kind of ...) get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)

(... is a kind of catch ) reach and board

"She got the bus just as it was leaving"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) catch up with and possibly overtake

"The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"

Definition 32: hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers - [verb of perception]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We overheard the conversation at the next table

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

(catch implies ...) hear with intention

"Listen to the sound of this cello"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) perceive by hearing

"I didn't catch your name" "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"

Definition 33: perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily - [verb of perception]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I caught the aroma of coffee
  • He caught the allusion in her glance
  • ears open to catch every sound
  • The dog picked up the scent
  • Catch a glimpse

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) to become aware of through the senses

"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

Definition 34: see or watch - [verb of perception]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • view a show on television
  • This program will be seen all over the world
  • view an exhibition
  • Catch a show on Broadway
  • see a movie

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) look attentively

"watch a basketball game"

(... is a kind of catch ) view the outline of by means of an X-ray

"The radiologist can visualize the cancerous liver"

(... is a kind of catch ) be a spectator in a sports event

(... is a kind of catch ) watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight

"You have to be a good observer to see all the details" "Can you see the bird in that tree?" "He is blind--he cannot see"

Definition 35: suffer from the receipt of - [verb of perception]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She will catch hell for this behavior!

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) feel physical pain

"Were you hurting after the accident?"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) be struck or affected by

"catch fire" "catch the mood"

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) receive as a retribution or punishment

"He got 5 years in prison"

Definition 36: perceive by hearing - [verb of perception]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I didn't catch your name
  • She didn't get his name when they met the first time

Synonyms for catch in the sense of this definition

(catch is a kind of ...) perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

(catch has a similar meaning as ...) hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

"We overheard the conversation at the next table"

Definition 37: get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly - [verb of possession]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Catch some sleep
  • catch one's breath

(catch is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind

(catch is a kind of ...) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Definition 39: start burning - [verb of weather]

Samples where catch or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The fire caught

(catch is a kind of ...) start to burn or burst into flames

"Marsh gases ignited suddenly" "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"

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