(noun, verb)


1. a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident

- it sounds good but what's the catch?

Similar word(s): gimmick

Definition categories: attribute, drawback

2. the quantity that was caught

- the catch was only 10 fish

Similar word(s): haul

Definition categories: quantity

3. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

Similar word(s): match

Definition categories: person, adult, grownup

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

- he shared his catch with the others

Definition categories: object

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

Definition categories: communication, delivery, speech

6. a restraint that checks the motion of something

Similar word(s): stop

Definition categories: man–made, constraint, restraint

7. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

Definition categories: man–made, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

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

- he played catch with his son in the backyard

Definition categories: act, game

9. the act of catching an object with the hands

- Mays made the catch with his back to the plate

Similar word(s): grab, snap, snatch

Definition categories: act, touch, touching

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

Similar word(s): apprehension, arrest, collar, pinch

Definition categories: act, capture, seizure

Sentences with catch as a noun:

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

- The player made an impressive catch.

- Nice catch!

- Good catch. I never would have remembered that.

- The kids love to play catch.

- Did you see his latest catch?

- He's a good catch.

- The fishermen took pictures of their catch.

- The catch amounted to five tons of swordfish.

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

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

- It sounds like a great idea, but what's the catch?

- Be careful, that's a catch question.

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


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

Definition categories: cognition, surprise

2. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily

- ears open to catch every sound

- Catch a glimpse

Definition categories: perception, comprehend, perceive

3. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot

Similar word(s): get

Definition categories: contact, hit

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

- Catch the ball!

Similar word(s): grab

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

5. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

- Did you catch the thief?

Similar word(s): capture, get

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

6. to hook or entangle

Similar word(s): hitch

Definition categories: contact, attach

7. attract and fix

- Catch the attention of the waiter

Similar word(s): arrest, get

Definition categories: contact, attract, draw, pull

8. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

Similar word(s): capture

Definition categories: contact, acquire, get

9. reach in time

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

Definition categories: motion, board

10. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

- Catch some sleep

- catch one's breath

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

11. catch up with and possibly overtake

Similar word(s): overtake

Definition categories: competition

12. be struck or affected by

- catch fire

- catch the mood

Definition categories: change

13. check oneself during an action

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

Definition categories: social, check, contain, control, curb, hold, moderate

14. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

Similar word(s): overhear

Definition categories: perception, hear

15. see or watch

- Catch a show on Broadway

Similar word(s): see, view, watch

Definition categories: perception, watch

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

Definition categories: contact

17. detect a blunder or misstep

Definition categories: cognition, discover, hear, learn, see

18. grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of

- did you catch that allusion?

- don't catch your meaning

Similar word(s): get

Definition categories: cognition, understand

19. contract

- did you catch a cold?

Definition categories: body, contract, get, take

20. start burning

Definition categories: weather, combust, conflagrate, erupt, ignite

21. perceive by hearing

- I didn't catch your name

Similar word(s): get

Definition categories: perception, hear

22. suffer from the receipt of

- She will catch hell for this behavior!

Similar word(s): get

Definition categories: perception, ache, hurt, suffer

23. attract; cause to be enamored

Similar word(s): becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance

Definition categories: emotion, appeal, attract

24. apprehend and reproduce accurately

Similar word(s): get

Definition categories: creation, reproduce

25. take in and retain

- We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater

Definition categories: contact, accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard

26. spread or be communicated

- The fashion did not catch

Definition categories: contact, propagate, spread

27. be the catcher

- Who is catching?

Definition categories: competition, play

28. become aware of

Definition categories: cognition, find, see, witness

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

Definition categories: change, delay, detain

Sentences with catch as a verb:

- I hope I catch a fish.  He ran but we caught him at the exit.  The police caught the robber at a nearby casino.

- If he catches you on the chin, you'll be on the mat.

- If you leave now you might catch him.  I would love to have dinner but I have to catch a plane.

- catch the bus

- I have to stop for a moment and catch my breath.  I caught some Z's on the train.

- Be careful your dress doesn't catch on that knob.  His voice caught when he came to his father's name.

- Push it in until it catches.  The engine finally caught and roared to life.

- When the program catches an exception, this is recorded in the log file.

- I will throw you the ball, and you catch it.  Watch me catch this raisin in my mouth.

- You're going to catch a beating if they find out.

- Everyone seems to be catching the flu this week.

- The bucket catches water from the downspout.  The trees caught quickly in the dry wind.

- Well, if you didn't catch this time, we'll have more fun trying again until you do.

- Did you catch his name?  Did you catch the way she looked at him?

- I have some free time tonight so I think I'll catch a movie.

- He managed to catch her attention.  The enormous scarf did catch my eye.