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'catch' - used as a noun
1. a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
it sounds good but what's the catch?
2. the quantity that was caught
the catch was only 10 fish
3. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
4. anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
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
7. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
8. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
he played catch with his son in the backyard
9. the act of catching an object with the hands
Mays made the catch with his back to the plate
10. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

'catch' - used as a verb
11. 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
12. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
I caught the aroma of coffee
He caught the allusion in her glance
ears open to catch every sound
Catch a glimpse
13. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
the rock caught her in the back of the head
The punch caught him in the stomach
14. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
Catch the ball!
15. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
Did you catch the thief?
16. to hook or entangle
One foot caught in the stirrup
17. attract and fix
His look caught her
She caught his eye
Catch the attention of the waiter
18. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
I caught a rabbit in the trap toady
19. reach in time
I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock
20. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
Catch some sleep
catch one's breath
21. catch up with and possibly overtake
The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp
22. be struck or affected by
catch fire
catch the mood
23. check oneself during an action
She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind
24. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
25. see or watch
Catch a show on Broadway
26. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles
27. detect a blunder or misstep
28. 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
29. contract
did you catch a cold?
30. start burning
The fire caught
31. perceive by hearing
I didn't catch your name
32. suffer from the receipt of
She will catch hell for this behavior!
33. attract; cause to be enamored
34. apprehend and reproduce accurately
She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings
35. take in and retain
We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater
36. spread or be communicated
The fashion did not catch
37. be the catcher
Who is catching?
38. become aware of
he caught her staring out the window
39. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting

derived forms
1. Catch / Plural
2. Catch / Past
3. Catch / Third Person
4. Catch / Present Participle
Variations of 'catch'
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Fact of the day
Joseph Gayetty is credited for inventing toilet paper in 1857. Unfortunately, his invention failed and did not catch on until ten years later.