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English noun: catch

1. catch (attribute) a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident


SamplesIt sounds good but what's the catch?.


Synonymsgimmick


Broader (hypernym)drawback

2. catch (quantity) the quantity that was caught


SamplesThe catch was only 10 fish.


Synonymshaul


Broader (hypernym)indefinite quantity

3. catch (person) a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect


Synonymsmatch


Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

4. catch (object) anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)


SamplesHe shared his catch with the others.


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

5. catch (communication) a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)


Broader (hypernym)delivery, manner of speaking, speech

6. catch (artifact) a restraint that checks the motion of something


SamplesHe used a book as a stop to hold the door open.


Synonymsstop


Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint


Narrower (hyponym)bench hook, click, detent, dog, doorstop, doorstopper, pawl, trip, tripper

7. catch (artifact) a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window


Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast


Narrower (hyponym)hasp, hood latch, hook, latch

8. catch (act) a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth


SamplesHe played catch with his son in the backyard.


Broader (hypernym)game

9. catch (act) the act of catching an object with the hands


SamplesMays 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.


Synonymsgrab, snap, snatch


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching


Narrower (hyponym)fair catch, interception, interlock, interlocking, mesh, meshing, rebound, reception, shoestring catch

10. catch (act) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)


SamplesThe policeman on the beat got credit for the collar.


Synonymsapprehension, arrest, collar, pinch, taking into custody


Broader (hypernym)capture, gaining control, seizure


English verb: catch

1. catch (cognition) discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state


SamplesShe caught her son eating candy.
She was caught shoplifting.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)surprise


Verb groupcatch

2. catch (perception) perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily


SamplesI 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.


Synonymspick up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

3. catch (contact) reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot


SamplesThe rock caught her in the back of the head.
The blow got him in the back.
The punch caught him in the stomach.


Synonymsget


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hit

4. catch (contact) take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of


SamplesCatch the ball!.
Grab the elevator door!.


Synonymsgrab, take hold of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize


Narrower (hyponym)fish, harpoon, hook, intercept, net, nett, stop


Verb groupcatch

5. catch (contact) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase


SamplesWe finally got the suspect.
Did you catch the thief?.


Synonymscapture, get


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize


Narrower (hyponym)lasso, recapture, retake, rope

6. catch (contact) to hook or entangle


SamplesOne foot caught in the stirrup.


Synonymshitch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)attach


Narrower (hyponym)snag


Verb groupcatch


Antonymsunhitch

7. catch (contact) attract and fix


SamplesHis look caught her.
She caught his eye.
Catch the attention of the waiter.


Synonymsarrest, get


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in

8. catch (contact) capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping


SamplesI caught a rabbit in the trap today.


Synonymscapture


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)bag, batfowl, ensnare, entrap, frog, hunt, hunt down, rat, run, snare, track down, trammel, trap


Verb groupcatch

9. catch (motion) reach in time


SamplesI have to catch a train at 7 o'clock.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)board, get on


Narrower (hyponym)get


Verb groupcatch, catch up with, overtake

10. catch (possession) get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly


SamplesCatch some sleep.
Catch one's breath.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

11. catch (competition) catch up with and possibly overtake


SamplesThe Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp.


Synonymscatch up with, overtake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Entailcompete, contend, vie


Verb groupcatch

12. catch (change) be struck or affected by


SamplesCatch fire.
Catch the mood.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change


Verb groupcatch, get

13. catch (social) check oneself during an action


SamplesShe managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

14. catch (perception) hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers


SamplesWe overheard the conversation at the next table.


Synonymsoverhear, take in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)hear


Entaillisten


Verb groupcatch, get

15. catch (perception) see or watch


SamplesView a show on television.
This program will be seen all over the world.
View an exhibition.
Catch a show on Broadway.
See a movie.


ExamplesSam and Sue catch the movie


Synonymssee, take in, view, watch


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)watch


Narrower (hyponym)preview, spectate, visualise, visualize


Verb groupsee

16. catch (contact) cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled


SamplesI caught the hem of my dress in the brambles.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Verb groupcatch, catch, hitch

17. catch (cognition) detect a blunder or misstep


SamplesThe reporter tripped up the senator.


Synonymstrip up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see

18. catch (cognition) grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of


SamplesDid 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.


Synonymsget


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)understand


Verb groupcatch, get, get

19. catch (body) contract


SamplesDid you catch a cold?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)contract, get, take


Narrower (hyponym)catch cold


Verb groupcontract, get, take

20. catch (weather) start burning


SamplesThe fire caught.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)catch fire, combust, conflagrate, erupt, ignite, take fire

21. catch (perception) perceive by hearing


SamplesI didn't catch your name.
She didn't get his name when they met the first time.


Synonymsget


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hear


Verb groupcatch, overhear, take in

22. catch (perception) suffer from the receipt of


SamplesShe will catch hell for this behavior!.


Synonymsget


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ache, hurt, suffer


Verb groupcatch, get, receive

23. catch (emotion) attract; cause to be enamored


SamplesShe captured all the men's hearts.


Synonymsbecharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)appeal, attract


Narrower (hyponym)hold, work

24. catch (creation) apprehend and reproduce accurately


SamplesShe really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings.
She got the mood just right in her photographs.


Synonymsget


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)reproduce


Verb groupcatch, get

25. catch (contact) take in and retain


SamplesWe have a big barrel to catch the rainwater.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up


Verb groupcapture, catch

26. catch (contact) spread or be communicated


SamplesThe fashion did not catch.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)propagate, spread

27. catch (competition) be the catcher


SamplesWho is catching?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)play


Verb groupcatch, grab, take hold of


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

28. catch (cognition) become aware of


SamplesHe caught her staring out the window.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)find, see, witness


Verb groupcatch

29. catch (change) delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned


SamplesI was caught in traffic and missed the meeting.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)delay, detain, hold up


Verb groupcatch









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