- To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to
grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a
- To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief.
- To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as,
to catch a bird or fish.
- Hence: To insnare; to entangle.
- To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as,
to catch a melody.
- To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught
the adjoining building.
- To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
- To get possession of; to attain.
- 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.
- To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to
catch one in the act of stealing.
- To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.
- To attain possession.
- 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
- To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
- To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
- Act of seizing; a grasp.
- That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened;
as, the catch of a gate.
- 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.
- That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the
whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.
- Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in
- Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
- A slight remembrance; a trace.
- A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers
catch up each other's words.