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catch
Part of Speech: noun
Results: 23
1. Act of seizing; a grasp.
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.
5. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
6. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
8. A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.
Part of Speech: verb
1. To attain possession.
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.
Part of Speech: verb transitive
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.
5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody.
8. To get possession of; to attain.
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.
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