1. a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident;
- Example: "it sounds good but what's the catch?"
[syn: catch, gimmick]
2. the quantity that was caught;
- Example: "the catch was only 10 fish"
[syn: catch, haul]
3. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect;
[syn: catch, match]
4. anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching);
- Example: "he shared his catch with the others"
5. a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion);
6. a restraint that checks the motion of something;
- Example: "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
[syn: catch, stop]
7. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window;
8. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth;
- Example: "he played catch with his son in the backyard"
9. the act of catching an object with the hands;
- Example: "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"
- Example: "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"
- Example: "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"
- Example: "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"
[syn: catch, grab, snatch, snap]
10. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal);
- Example: "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
[syn: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody]
1. discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state;
- Example: "She caught her son eating candy"
- Example: "She was caught shoplifting"
2. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily;
- Example: "I caught the aroma of coffee"
- Example: "He caught the allusion in her glance"
- Example: "ears open to catch every sound"
- Example: "The dog picked up the scent"
- Example: "Catch a glimpse"
[syn: catch, pick up]
3. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot;
- Example: "the rock caught her in the back of the head"
- Example: "The blow got him in the back"
- Example: "The punch caught him in the stomach"
[syn: get, catch]
4. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of;
- Example: "Catch the ball!"
- Example: "Grab the elevator door!"
[syn: catch, grab, take hold of]
5. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase;
- Example: "We finally got the suspect"
- Example: "Did you catch the thief?"
[syn: get, catch, capture]
6. to hook or entangle;
- Example: "One foot caught in the stirrup"
[syn: hitch, catch]
7. attract and fix;
- Example: "His look caught her"
- Example: "She caught his eye"
- Example: "Catch the attention of the waiter"
[syn: catch, arrest, get]
8. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping;
- Example: "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
[syn: capture, catch]
9. reach in time;
- Example: "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
10. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly;
- Example: "Catch some sleep"
- Example: "catch one's breath"
11. catch up with and possibly overtake;
- Example: "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
[syn: overtake, catch, catch up with]
12. be struck or affected by;
- Example: "catch fire"
- Example: "catch the mood"
13. check oneself during an action;
- Example: "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
14. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers;
- Example: "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
[syn: catch, take in, overhear]
15. see or watch;
- Example: "view a show on television"
- Example: "This program will be seen all over the world"
- Example: "view an exhibition"
- Example: "Catch a show on Broadway"
- Example: "see a movie"
[syn: watch, view, see, catch, take in]
16. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled;
- Example: "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
17. detect a blunder or misstep;
- Example: "The reporter tripped up the senator"
[syn: trip up, catch]
18. grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of;
- Example: "did you catch that allusion?"
- Example: "We caught something of his theory in the lecture"
- Example: "don't catch your meaning"
- Example: "did you get it?"
- Example: "She didn't get the joke"
- Example: "I just don't get him"
[syn: catch, get]
- Example: "did you catch a cold?"
20. start burning;
- Example: "The fire caught"
21. perceive by hearing;
- Example: "I didn't catch your name"
- Example: "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
[syn: catch, get]
22. suffer from the receipt of;
- Example: "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
[syn: catch, get]
23. attract; cause to be enamored;
- Example: "She captured all the men's hearts"
[syn: capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant]
24. apprehend and reproduce accurately;
- Example: "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"
- Example: "She got the mood just right in her photographs"
[syn: catch, get]
25. take in and retain;
- Example: "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
26. spread or be communicated;
- Example: "The fashion did not catch"
27. be the catcher;
- Example: "Who is catching?"
28. become aware of;
- Example: "he caught her staring out the window"
29. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned;
- Example: "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Catch \Catch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caughtor Catched; p. pr. & vb. n. Catching. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of capere to take, catch. See Capacious, and cf. Chase, Case a box.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball. [1913 Webster] 2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. "They pursued . . . and caught him." --Judg. i. 6. [1913 Webster] 3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish. [1913 Webster] 4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. "To catch him in his words". --Mark xii. 13. [1913 Webster] 5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. "Fiery thoughts . . . whereof I catch the issue." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building. [1913 Webster] 7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm. [1913 Webster] The soothing arts that catch the fair. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 8. To get possession of; to attain. [1913 Webster] Torment myself to catch the English throne. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 9. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire. [1913 Webster] 10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing. [1913 Webster] 11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train. [1913 Webster] To catch fire, to become inflamed or ignited. to catch it to get a scolding or beating; to suffer punishment. [Colloq.] To catch one's eye, to interrupt captiously while speaking. [Colloq.] "You catch me up so very short." --Dickens. To catch up, to snatch; to take up suddenly. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Catch \Catch\, v. i. 1. To attain possession. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Have is have, however men do catch. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To be held or impeded by entanglement or a light obstruction; as, a kite catches in a tree; a door catches so as not to open. [1913 Webster] 3. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch. [1913 Webster] 4. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate. [1913 Webster] Does the sedition catch from man to man? --Addison. [1913 Webster] To catch at, to attempt to seize; to be eager to get or use. "[To] catch at all opportunities of subverting the state." --Addison. To catch up with, to come up with; to overtake. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Catch \Catch\, n. 1. Act of seizing; a grasp. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] 2. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate. [1913 Webster] 3. The posture of seizing; a state of preparation to lay hold of, or of watching he opportunity to seize; as, to lie on the catch. [Archaic] --Addison. [1913 Webster] The common and the canon law . . . lie at catch, and wait advantages one againt another. --T. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 4. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish. [1913 Webster] Hector shall have a great catch if he knock out either of your brains. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony. [Colloq.] --Marryat. [1913 Webster] 6. pl. Passing opportunities seized; snatches. [1913 Webster] It has been writ by catches with many intervals. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 7. A slight remembrance; a trace. [1913 Webster] We retain a catch of those pretty stories. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 8. (Mus.) A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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