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catch



I - noun
1. a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident (Freq. 1)
- it sounds good but what's the catch?
Syn:
gimmick
Derivationally related forms:
catchy
Hypernyms:
drawback
2. the quantity that was caught
- the catch was only 10 fish
Syn:
haul
Hypernyms:
indefinite quantity
3. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
Syn:
match
Derivationally related forms:
match (for: match)
Hypernyms:
adult, grownup
4. anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
- he shared his catch with the others
Hypernyms:
object, physical object
5. a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
Hypernyms:
manner of speaking, speech, delivery
6. a restraint that checks the motion of something
- he used a book as a stop to hold the door open
Syn:
stop
Derivationally related forms:
stop (for: stop)
Hypernyms:
restraint, constraint
Hyponyms:
bench hook, doorstop, doorstopper, pawl, detent,
click, dog, tripper, trip
7. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
Hypernyms:
fastener, fastening, holdfast, fixing
Hyponyms:
hasp, hood latch, hook, latch
8. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
- he played catch with his son in the backyard
Hypernyms:
game
9. the act of catching an object with the hands
- 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
Syn:
grab, snatch, snap
Derivationally related forms:
snap (for: snap), snatch (for: snatch), grab (for: grab)
Hypernyms:
touch, touching
Hyponyms:
fair catch, interception, reception, rebound, shoestring catch,
mesh, meshing, interlock, interlocking
10. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
- the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar
Syn:
apprehension, arrest, collar, pinch, taking into custody
Derivationally related forms:
collar (for: collar), arrest (for: arrest), apprehend (for: apprehension)
Hypernyms:
capture, gaining control, seizure

II - verb
1. discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly;
catch somebody doing something or in a certain state (Freq. 19)
- She caught her son eating candy
- She was caught shoplifting
Hypernyms:
surprise
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
2. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily (Freq. 14)
- 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
Syn:
pick up
Hypernyms:
perceive, comprehend
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
3. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot (Freq. 10)
- the rock caught her in the back of the head
- The blow got him in the back
- The punch caught him in the stomach
Syn:
get
Hypernyms:
hit
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
4. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of (Freq. 8)
- Catch the ball!
- Grab the elevator door!
Syn:
grab, take hold of
See Also:
catch up
Derivationally related forms:
grab (for: grab), catcher
Hypernyms:
seize, prehend, clutch
Hyponyms:
harpoon, fish, hook, net, nett,
intercept, stop
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
5. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase (Freq. 8)
- We finally got the suspect
- Did you catch the thief?
Syn:
get, capture
Derivationally related forms:
capture (for: capture)
Hypernyms:
seize, prehend, clutch
Hyponyms:
recapture, retake, lasso, rope
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
6. to hook or entangle (Freq. 7)
- One foot caught in the stirrup
Syn:
hitch
Ant:
unhitch (for: hitch)
Hypernyms:
attach
Hyponyms:
snag
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something PP
7. attract and fix (Freq. 6)
- His look caught her
- She caught his eye
- Catch the attention of the waiter
Syn:
arrest, get
Hypernyms:
attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
8. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping (Freq. 4)
- I caught a rabbit in the trap today
Syn:
capture
Derivationally related forms:
capturer (for: capture)
Hypernyms:
get, acquire
Hyponyms:
hunt, run, hunt down, track down, frog,
bag, batfowl, rat, trap, entrap, snare,
ensnare, trammel
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
9. reach in time (Freq. 3)
- I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock
Hypernyms:
board, get on
Hyponyms:
get
Verb Group:
overtake, catch up with
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
10. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly (Freq. 2)
- Catch some sleep
- catch one's breath
Hypernyms:
get, acquire
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
11. catch up with and possibly overtake (Freq. 2)
- The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp
Syn:
overtake, catch up with
Derivationally related forms:
overtaking (for: overtake)
Entailment:
compete, vie, contend
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s something
12. be struck or affected by (Freq. 2)
- catch fire
- catch the mood
Hypernyms:
change
Verb Group:
get
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
13. check oneself during an action (Freq. 1)
- She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind
Hypernyms:
control, hold in, hold, contain, check,
curb, moderate
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
14. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers (Freq. 1)
- We overheard the conversation at the next table
Syn:
take in, overhear
Hypernyms:
hear
Verb Group:
get
Entailment:
listen
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE
15. see or watch (Freq. 1)
- 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
Syn:
watch, view, see, take in
Derivationally related forms:
seer (for: see), viewable (for: view), view (for: view), viewer (for: view), watch (for: watch)
Hypernyms:
watch
Hyponyms:
visualize, visualise, spectate, preview
Verb Group:
see
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Sam and Sue catch the movie
16. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled (Freq. 1)
- I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles
Verb Group:
hitch
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something PP
17. detect a blunder or misstep (Freq. 1)
- The reporter tripped up the senator
Syn:
trip up
Derivationally related forms:
trip-up (for: trip up)
Hypernyms:
learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up,
find out, get a line, discover, see
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
18. grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of (Freq. 1)
- 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
Syn:
get
Hypernyms:
understand
Verb Group:
get
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
19. contract (Freq. 1)
- did you catch a cold?
Hypernyms:
contract, take, get
Hyponyms:
catch cold
Verb Group:
contract, take, get
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
20. start burning
- The fire caught
Hypernyms:
erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
21. perceive by hearing
- I didn't catch your name
- She didn't get his name when they met the first time
Syn:
get
Hypernyms:
hear
Verb Group:
take in, overhear
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
22. suffer from the receipt of
- She will catch hell for this behavior!
Syn:
get
Hypernyms:
hurt, ache, suffer
Verb Group:
get, receive
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
23. attract;
cause to be enamored
- She captured all the men's hearts
Syn:
capture, enamour, trance, becharm, enamor,
enamor, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch,
entrance, enchant
Derivationally related forms:
enchantment (for: enchant), entrancement (for: entrance), bewitchery (for: bewitch), fascination (for: fascinate), charmer (for: charm), charm (for: charm), beguilement (for: beguile), beguiler (for: beguile), captive (for: captivate), captivation (for: captivate), trance (for: trance)
Hypernyms:
attract, appeal
Hyponyms:
hold, work
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s somebody
- Something ----s somebody
24. apprehend and reproduce accurately
- She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings
- She got the mood just right in her photographs
Syn:
get
Hypernyms:
reproduce
Verb Group:
get
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
25. take in and retain
- We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater
Derivationally related forms:
catchment
Hypernyms:
roll up, collect, accumulate, pile up, amass,
compile, hoard
Verb Group:
capture
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Something ----s something
26. spread or be communicated
- The fashion did not catch
Hypernyms:
spread, propagate
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s
27. be the catcher
- Who is catching?
Derivationally related forms:
catcher
Topics:
baseball, baseball game
Hypernyms:
play
Verb Group:
grab, take hold of
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s
28. become aware of
- he caught her staring out the window
Hypernyms:
witness, find, see
Verb Frames:
- Somebody ----s something
- Somebody ----s somebody
29. delay or hold up;
prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
- I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting
Hypernyms:
delay, detain, hold up
Verb Frames:
- Something ----s somebody

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