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Definition of Catch


  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.
  2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief.
  3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.
  4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle.
  5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody.
  6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.
  7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
  8. To get possession of; to attain.
  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.
  10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.
  11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.
  12. To attain possession.
  13. 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.
  14. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
  15. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
  16. Act of seizing; a grasp.
  17. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.
  18. 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.
  19. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.
  20. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
  21. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
  22. A slight remembrance; a trace.
  23. A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.

Catch Quotations

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. - Vince Lombardi
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Vince Lombardi

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Benjamin Franklin

Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Mother Teresa

You will never catch up with the spread of AIDS no matter how much money, no matter how many antiretrovirals are put into the system, unless you stop its growth. And the only way to stop its growth is prevention.
Richard Holbrooke

My daughter is the biggest gift; I've said it so many times and it sounds like a cliche, but the thing about being a parent is when you think you've cracked it, and you're on top of your game, they change again and you have to catch up and adjust. I feel such a responsibility to instill good values in her, to be polite, to have discipline.
Geri Halliwell
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Catch Translations

catch in Afrikaans is vang, vat, tref
catch in Danish is fange
catch in Dutch is aanfloepen, aanflitsen, aangaan
catch in French is attrapez, s'allumer, capturer, intercepter
catch in German is fangen, auffangen, fangen, erwischen
catch in Italian is accalappiare, cogliere
catch in Portuguese is prendedor
catch in Spanish is capturar
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