What does catch mean?

Definitions for catch

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word catch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. catch, gimmick(noun)

    a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident

    "it sounds good but what's the catch?"

  2. catch, haul(noun)

    the quantity that was caught

    "the catch was only 10 fish"

  3. catch, match(noun)

    a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

  4. catch(noun)

    anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)

    "he shared his catch with the others"

  5. catch(noun)

    a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

  6. catch, stop(noun)

    a restraint that checks the motion of something

    "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"

  7. catch(noun)

    a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

  8. catch(noun)

    a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth

    "he played catch with his son in the backyard"

  9. catch, grab, snatch, snap(noun)

    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"

  10. apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody(verb)

    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

    "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

  11. catch(verb)

    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. catch, pick up(verb)

    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"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse"

  13. get, catch(verb)

    reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot

    "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach"

  14. catch, grab, take hold of(verb)

    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

    "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"

  15. get, catch, capture(verb)

    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

    "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"

  16. hitch, catch(verb)

    to hook or entangle

    "One foot caught in the stirrup"

  17. catch, arrest, get(verb)

    attract and fix

    "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"

  18. capture, catch(verb)

    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

    "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"

  19. catch(verb)

    reach in time

    "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"

  20. catch(verb)

    get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

    "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"

  21. overtake, catch, catch up with(verb)

    catch up with and possibly overtake

    "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"

  22. catch(verb)

    be struck or affected by

    "catch fire"; "catch the mood"

  23. catch(verb)

    check oneself during an action

    "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"

  24. catch, take in, overhear(verb)

    hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

    "We overheard the conversation at the next table"

  25. watch, view, see, catch, take in(verb)

    see or watch

    "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"

  26. catch(verb)

    cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

    "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"

  27. trip up, catch(verb)

    detect a blunder or misstep

    "The reporter tripped up the senator"

  28. catch, get(verb)

    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"; "did you get it?"; "She didn't get the joke"; "I just don't get him"

  29. catch(verb)


    "did you catch a cold?"

  30. catch(verb)

    start burning

    "The fire caught"

  31. catch, get(verb)

    perceive by hearing

    "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"

  32. catch, get(verb)

    suffer from the receipt of

    "She will catch hell for this behavior!"

  33. capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant(verb)

    attract; cause to be enamored

    "She captured all the men's hearts"

  34. catch, get(verb)

    apprehend and reproduce accurately

    "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs"

  35. catch(verb)

    take in and retain

    "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"

  36. catch(verb)

    spread or be communicated

    "The fashion did not catch"

  37. catch(verb)

    be the catcher

    "Who is catching?"

  38. catch(verb)

    become aware of

    "he caught her staring out the window"

  39. catch(verb)

    delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

    "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"


  1. catch(Noun)

    The act of seizing or capturing.

    The catch of the perpetrator was the product of a year of police work.

  2. catch(Noun)

    The act of catching an object in motion, especially a ball.

  3. catch(Noun)

    The act of noticing, understanding or hearing.

    Good catch. I never would have remembered that.

  4. catch(Noun)

    The game of catching a ball.

    The kids love to play catch.

  5. catch(Noun)

    A find, in particular a boyfriend or girlfriend or prospective spouse.

  6. catch(Noun)

    Something which is captured or caught.

    The fishermen took pictures of their catch.

  7. catch(Noun)

    The amount which is caught, especially of fish.

    The catch amounted to five tons of swordfish.

  8. catch(Noun)

    A stopping mechanism, especially a clasp which stops something from opening.

    She installed a sturdy catch to keep her cabinets closed tight.

  9. catch(Noun)

    A hesitation in voice, caused by strong emotion.

    There was a catch in his voice when he spoke his father's name.

  10. catch(Verb)

    To capture, overtake.

  11. catch(Verb)

    To seize hold of.

  12. catch(Verb)

    To intercept.

  13. catch(Verb)

    To receive (by being in the way).

  14. catch(Verb)

    To take in with one's senses or intellect.

  15. catch(Verb)

    To seize attention, interest.

  16. catch(Noun)

    A concealed difficulty, especially in a deal or negotiation.

  17. catch(Noun)

    A crick; a sudden muscle pain during unaccustomed positioning when the muscle is in use.

    I bent over to see under the table and got a catch in my side.

  18. catch(Noun)

    A fragment of music or poetry.

  19. catch(Noun)

    A state of readiness to capture or seize; an ambush.

  20. catch(Noun)

    A crop which has germinated and begun to grow.

  21. catch(Noun)

    A type of strong boat, usually having two masts; a ketch.

  22. catch(Noun)

    A type of humorous round in which the voices gradually catch up with one another; usually sung by men and often having bawdy lyrics.

  23. catch(Noun)

    The refrain; a line or lines of a song which are repeated from verse to verse.

  24. catch(Noun)

    The act of catching a hit ball before it reaches the ground, resulting in an out.

  25. catch(Noun)

    A player in respect of his catching ability; particularly one who catches well.

  26. catch(Noun)

    The first contact of an oar with the water.

  27. catch(Noun)

    A stoppage of breath, resembling a slight cough.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catch(verb)

    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. Catch(verb)

    to seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief

  3. Catch(verb)

    to take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish

  4. Catch(verb)

    hence: To insnare; to entangle

  5. Catch(verb)

    to seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody

  6. Catch(verb)

    to communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building

  7. Catch(verb)

    to engage and attach; to please; to charm

  8. Catch(verb)

    to get possession of; to attain

  9. Catch(verb)

    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. Catch(verb)

    to come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing

  11. Catch(verb)

    to reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train

  12. Catch(verb)

    to attain possession

  13. Catch(verb)

    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. Catch(verb)

    to take hold; as, the bolt does not catch

  15. Catch(verb)

    to spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate

  16. Catch(noun)

    act of seizing; a grasp

  17. Catch(noun)

    that by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate

  18. Catch(noun)

    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. Catch(noun)

    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. Catch(noun)

    something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony

  21. Catch(noun)

    passing opportunities seized; snatches

  22. Catch(noun)

    a slight remembrance; a trace

  23. Catch(noun)

    a humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words

  24. Origin: [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.]


  1. Catch

    In baseball, a catch occurs when a fielder gains secure possession of a batted ball in flight, and maintains possession until he voluntarily or negligently releases the ball. When a catch occurs, the batter is out, and runners, once they properly tag up, may attempt to advance at risk of being tagged out. Unlike in American football and other sports, neither secure possession for a time nor for a number of steps is enough to demonstrate that a catch has occurred. A fielder may, for example, appear to catch and hold a batted ball securely, take a few more steps, collide with a wall or another player, and drop the ball. This is not a catch. Umpires signal a catch with the out signal: a fist raised into the air, often with a hammering motion; if there is doubt about it, the umpire will likely shout "That's a catch!" On a close no-catch, the umpire will signal with the safe signal, which is both arms swept to the side and extended, accompanied by the call "No catch, no catch!" with an emphasis on the word "no". The fielder must catch the ball with his hand or glove. If the fielder chooses to use his cap, protector, pocket or any other part of his uniform in getting possession, it is not a catch. Therefore, a foul ball which directly becomes lodged in the equipment of the catcher is not considered a catch and hence not a foul tip.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Catch

    kach, v.t. to take hold of: to apprehend or understand: to seize after pursuit: to trap or ensnare: to take a disease by infection: to take up anything by sympathy or imitation.—v.i. to be contagious: to be entangled or fastened in anything;—pa.t. and pa.p. caught (kawt).—n. seizure: anything that seizes or holds: that which is caught: anything worth catching: a sudden advantage taken: a specially English form of musical composition, written generally in three or four parts, and in the canon form—originally synonymous with the round.—adj. Catch′able, that may be caught.—ns. Catch′er, one who catches; Catch′fly, a popular name of several plants belonging to the genus Silene, and of Lychnis Viscaria, whose glutinous stems often retain insects settling on them; Catch′ing, the action of the verb 'to catch:' a nervous or spasmodic twitching.—adj. infectious: captivating, attractive.—ns. Catch′ment-bās′in, a term applied to all that part of a river-basin from which rain is collected, and from which, therefore, the river is fed; Catch′penny, any worthless thing, esp. a publication, intended merely to gain money—also adj.; Catch′word, among actors, the last word of the preceding speaker—the cue: the word at the head of the page in a dictionary or encyclopædia: the first word of a page given at the bottom of the preceding page: any word or phrase taken up and repeated as the watchword or symbol of a party.—adj. Catch′y, attractive, deceptive, readily caught up, as an air, &c., fitful.—Catch at, to snatch at; Catch fire, to become ignited, to be inspired by passion or zeal; Catch hold of, to seize; Catch it, to get a scolding or the like; Catch me! an emphatic colloquial phrase implying that there is not the remotest possibility of my doing something suggested; Catch on, to comprehend: to catch the popular fancy; Catch out, to put a batsman out at cricket by catching the ball he has batted; Catch sight of, suddenly to get a glimpse of; Catch up, to overtake; Catch up, or away, to lay hold of forcibly. [From O. Fr. cachier—Late L. captiāre for captāre, inten. of capĕre, to take. See Chase.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. catch

    A term used among fishermen to denote a quantity of fish taken at one time.

Editors Contribution

  1. catch

    To collect a number of fish.

    They caught a large amount of fish at sea and the fishermen celebrated with their wives when they reached their shore.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  
  2. catch

    To use your hand to collect something easily.

    He did catch the ball every time he played Gaelic Football and he was great at passing it to his team mates.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'catch' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2591

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'catch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1493

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'catch' in Nouns Frequency: #2920

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'catch' in Verbs Frequency: #155

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of catch in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Heller:

    Catch 22

  2. Analyst Van Baker of Gartner:

    This is catch-up for Apple.

  3. Author Unknown:

    The guilty catch themselves.

  4. French Proverb:

    Set a thief to catch a thief.

  5. Allison Kirkpatrick:

    Its hard to catch these things.

Images & Illustrations of catch

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Translations for catch

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  • أَمْسَكَ, مَسَكَArabic
  • залаві́ць, лаві́ць, злаві́цьBelarusian
  • резе, уловка, хващане, разбиране, улавяне, хващам, закачам се, улавям, схващамBulgarian
  • chytit, chytnout, zachytitCzech
  • fangeDanish
  • Fang, Haken, fangen, begreifen, bekommen, erwischen, verstehenGerman
  • xeEwe
  • pega, cuestión, trampa, traba, truco, capturar, atajar, captar, cazar, cachar, comprenderSpanish
  • harrapatuBasque
  • گرفتنPersian
  • koppi, saalis, huomio, salpa, kopittelu, löytö, haka, solki, koukku, ottaa kiinni, napata, ymmärtää, pyydystää, siepata, käsittää, tarttuaFinnish
  • touche, prise, conquête, hic, attraperFrench
  • beir arIrish
  • glacScottish Gaelic
  • עוקץ, תפיסה, תפס, תָּפַסHebrew
  • पकड़नाHindi
  • fogás, bökkenőHungarian
  • բռնելArmenian
  • fermaglio, trabocchetto, trucco, bottino, colpo, presa, conquista, fermaglio di sicurezza, trappola, fregatura, agguantareItalian
  • 捕る, キャッチボール, 捕まえる, 捕らえる, 分かる, 理解Japanese
  • დაჭერაGeorgian
  • 잡다Korean
  • گرتنKurdish
  • fänkenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • कॅच, पकडणे, समझणेMarathi
  • vangen, vangst, valstrik, opvangen, haak, struikelblok, begrijpen, grijpen, snappen, halenDutch
  • fangstNorwegian Nynorsk
  • fangstNorwegian
  • złapać, dostrzegać, ogarniać, ogarnąć, łapać, schwytać, dostrzec, przechwycać, przechwycićPolish
  • apanhada, conquista, pegar, fecho, tranca, tranqueta, apanhadura, cilada, presa, entender, capturar, sacar, compreender, captarPortuguese
  • prindeRomanian
  • уло́в, добы́ча, пои́мка, захва́т, подво́х, поня́ть, расслы́шать, схва́тывать, пойма́ть, лови́ть, схвати́ть, понима́тьRussian
  • ujetiSlovene
  • hasp, fångst, kap, hake, fånga, fatta, uppfatta, gripaSwedish
  • dakaSwahili
  • лови́ти, пійма́тиUkrainian
  • پکڑناUrdu

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