Catch

Definition of Catch

v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Caught or Catched ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Catching. Catched is rarely used.]
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.
The soothing arts that catch the fair.
- Dryden.
8.To get possession of; to attain.
Torment myself to catch the English throne.
- Shak.
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.
To catch fire
to become inflamed or ignited.
to catch it
to get a scolding or beating; to suffer punishment.
To catch one's eye
to interrupt captiously while speaking.
To catch up
to snatch; to take up suddenly.
- Dickens.
v. i.1.To attain possession.
Have is have, however men do catch.
- Shak.
2.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.
3.To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
4.To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
Does the sedition catch from man to man?
- Addison.
To catch at
to attempt to seize; to be eager to get or use.
To catch up with
to come up with; to overtake.
- Addison.
n.1.Act of seizing; a grasp.
2.That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.
3.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.
The common and the canon law . . . lie at catch, and wait advantages one againt another.
- T. Fuller.
4.That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.
Hector shall have a great catch if he knock out either of your brains.
- Shak.
5.Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
6.Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
It has been writ by catches with many intervals.
- Locke.
7.A slight remembrance; a trace.
We retain a catch of those pretty stories.
- Glanvill.
8.(Mus.) A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.

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