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Another word for catch

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Verb
  1. To gain possession of, especially after a struggle or chase

      1. A slim, pointed piece of metal hammered into material as a fastener.
      2. A fingernail or toenail.
      3. A claw or talon.
      1. A container of flexible material, such as paper, plastic, or leather, that is used for carrying or storing items.
      2. A handbag; a purse.
      3. A piece of hand luggage, such as a suitcase or satchel.
      1. To grasp or grip:
      2. To capture physically; seize:
      3. To seize with authority or legal right:
      1. Free from danger or attack:
      2. Free from risk of loss; safe:
      3. Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons:
      1. An openwork fabric made of threads or cords that are woven or knotted together at regular intervals.
      2. A device for capturing birds, fish, or insects.
      3. A barrier against flying insects.
      1. To come into possession or use of; receive:
      2. To meet with or incur:
      3. To go after and obtain:
      1. To take captive, as by force or craft; seize.
      2. To gain possession or control of, as in a game or contest:
      3. To attract and hold:
    See also:

    get

  2. To come upon, especially suddenly or unexpectedly

    See also:

    surprise

  3. To perceive, especially barely or fleetingly

      1. One who secretly collects information concerning the enemies of a government or group.
      2. One who secretly collects information for a business about one or more of its competitors.
      3. One who secretly keeps watch on another or others.
      1. A mark on a surface differing sharply in color from its surroundings.
      2. A blemish, mark, or pimple on the skin.
      3. A stain or blot.
      1. A brief, incomplete view or look.
      2. A brief flash of light.
      3. To obtain a brief, incomplete view of.
      1. To catch sight of (something that is distant, partially hidden, or obscure); glimpse.
      1. To perceive with the eyes; detect or distinguish:
      2. To recognize or understand as being distinct or different:
      1. To discover or ascertain the existence, presence, or fact of.
      2. To discern (something hidden or subtle):
      3. To learn something hidden and often improper about:
      1. To catch sight of (something difficult to discern).
      2. To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect:
    See also:

    see

  4. To get hold of (something moving)

    See also:

    get

  5. To grasp at (something) eagerly, forcibly, and abruptly with the jaws

      1. To hit sharply, as with a hand, fist, weapon, or implement:
      2. To inflict (a blow).
      3. To penetrate or pierce:
      1. To grasp or seize hastily, eagerly, or suddenly:
      2. To steal, especially quickly or with a sudden movement.
      3. To kidnap (someone).
      1. To make a brisk sharp cracking sound:
      2. To break suddenly with a brisk, sharp, cracking sound.
      3. To give way abruptly under pressure or tension:
      1. To seize and pinch or bite:
      2. To remove or sever by pinching or snipping:
      3. To bite or sting with the cold; chill.
    See also:

    reach

  6. To have a sudden overwhelming effect on

  7. To go aboard (a means of transport)

    See also:

    used

  8. To make secure

      1. Free from danger or attack:
      2. Free from risk of loss; safe:
      3. Free from the risk of being intercepted or listened to by unauthorized persons:
      1. To make fast (a vessel, for example) by means of cables, anchors, or lines:
      2. To fix in place; secure:
      3. To provide with an abiding emotional attachment:
      1. To correct or set right; adjust:
      2. To restore to proper condition or working order; repair:
      3. To make ready for a specific purpose, as by altering or combining elements; prepare:
      1. To attach firmly to something else, as by pinning or nailing.
      2. To make fast or secure:
      3. To close or connect securely, as with a lock or other device:
      1. A heavy object attached to a vessel by a cable, rope, or chain and dropped into the water to keep the vessel in place either by its weight or by its flukes, which grip the bottom.
      2. A rigid point of support, as for securing a rope.
      3. A source of security or stability.
    See also:

    move

  9. To become or cause to become stuck or lodged

      1. A branch or stem that has fallen or been cut from a tree or shrub.
      2. A piece of wood, such as a tree branch, that is used for fuel, cut for lumber, or shaped for a specific purpose.
      3. A wand, staff, baton, or rod.
      1. A cottage or cabin, often rustic, used as a temporary abode or shelter:
      2. A small house on the grounds of an estate or a park, used by a caretaker or gatekeeper.
      3. An inn.
      1. To correct or set right; adjust:
      2. To restore to proper condition or working order; repair:
      3. To make ready for a specific purpose, as by altering or combining elements; prepare:
    See also:

    move

  10. To gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping

      1. A woven fabric, especially one on a loom or just removed from it.
      2. The structural part of cloth.
      3. A latticed or woven structure:
      1. A contrivance for catching and holding animals, as a concealed pit or a clamplike device that springs shut suddenly.
      2. A stratagem for catching or tricking an unwary person.
      3. A confining or undesirable circumstance from which escape or relief is difficult:
      1. A shackle used to teach a horse to amble.
      2. Something that restricts activity, expression, or progress; a restraint.
      3. A vertically set fishing net of three layers, consisting of a finely meshed net between two nets of coarse mesh.
      1. To mix together or intertwine in a confused mass; snarl:
      2. To catch or ensnare in an intertwined or confused mass:
      3. To involve in a complicated situation or in circumstances from which it is difficult to disengage:
      1. A trapping device, often consisting of a noose, used for capturing birds and small mammals.
      2. Something that lures or entangles the unwary:
      3. A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
      1. To catch in or as if in a trap.
      2. To lure into danger, difficulty, or a compromising situation.
      3. To induce (someone) into performing an otherwise uncontemplated criminal act for the sole purpose of providing the basis for a prosecution.
      1. To entangle in or as if in a snarl:
      1. To take or catch in or as if in a snare; trap.
      1. To entangle or catch in or as if in a mesh.
    See also:

    free

  11. To deliver a powerful blow to suddenly and sharply

      1. A smooth viscous mixture, as of flour and water or of starch and water, that is used as an adhesive for joining light materials, such as paper and cloth.
      2. The moist clay or clay mixture used in making porcelain or pottery.
      3. A smooth dough of water, flour, and butter or other shortening, used in making pastry.
      1. The head.
      2. A blow, especially on the head.
      3. The human nose.
      1. A flexible band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist or over a shoulder to support clothing, secure tools or weapons, or serve as decoration.
      2. Something resembling a belt, as a number of machine-gun rounds attached together in a strip.
      3. An encircling route.
      1. To beat forcefully; thrash.
      2. To strike with a hard blow:
      3. To defeat thoroughly.
      1. To cut, cut off, or cut out with or as if with shears:
      2. To make shorter by cutting; trim:
      3. To cut off the edge of:
      1. To hit or strike.
      2. A blow; a punch.
      1. To strike or punch.
      2. A blow or punch.
      1. To strike with a heavy blow.
      2. To defeat soundly; thrash.
      3. A heavy blow; a sharp thud.
      1. A forceful, resounding blow.
      2. The sound of such a blow.
      3. To strike or crash into with resounding impact.
      1. To strike (someone or something) with a sharp blow; slap.
      2. To kill deliberately; murder.
      3. To deal a sharp, resounding blow.
      1. To strike or hit with a flat object; whack.
      2. A hard blow with a flat object; a whack.
      1. To strike or hit with a sharp blow:
      2. To strike or try to strike something with a sharp blow:
      3. A sharp blow or hit.
      1. To hit sharply, as with a hand, fist, weapon, or implement:
      2. To inflict (a blow).
      3. To penetrate or pierce:
      1. A short stocking reaching a point between the ankle and the knee.
      2. A windsock.
      3. A light shoe worn by comic actors in ancient Greek and Roman plays.
      1. To inflict a heavy blow on, with or as if with the hand, a tool, or a weapon.
      2. To drive or strike (a weapon, for example) forcefully onto or into something else.
      3. To attack, damage, or destroy by or as if by blows.
      1. To break (something) into pieces suddenly, noisily, and violently; shatter.
      2. To render (something) into a mush or pulp, as by throwing or crushing:
      3. To strike with a heavy blow or impact:
      1. A round bullet larger than buckshot.
      2. A shot of liquor.
      3. An amount of liquid, especially liquor, that is swallowed in one gulp; a swig.
      1. To walk or progress with a slow heavy pace; plod:
      2. To work diligently for long hours:
      3. To make (one's way) with a slow heavy pace against resistance.
      1. To shut with force and loud noise:
      2. To put, throw, or otherwise forcefully move so as to produce a loud noise:
      3. To hit or strike with great force.
      1. To make a short, sharp, explosive sound.
      2. To burst open with a short, sharp, explosive sound.
      3. To move quickly or unexpectedly; appear abruptly:
      1. To strike with a hard blow:
      2. To affect in a specified way by striking hard:
      3. To cause to be displaced or unengaged; force:
      1. To come into contact with forcefully; strike:
      2. To cause to come into contact:
      3. To deal a blow to:
      1. A piece of cloth, especially a baby's diaper.
      1. To strike with a heavy, crushing blow:
      2. To beat or assault severely:
      3. To criticize (another) harshly, accusatorially, and threateningly:
  12. To become affected with a disease

    See also:

    get

  13. To perceive and recognize the meaning of.

      1. Perception; understanding:
      2. Range of vision.
      3. View; sight.
      1. A young shoot representing the current season's growth of a woody plant.
      2. Any small, leafless branch of a woody plant.
      1. To break up, turn over, or remove (earth or sand, for example), as with a shovel, spade, or snout, or with claws, paws or hands.
      2. To make or form by removing earth or other material:
      3. To prepare (soil) by loosening or cultivating.
      1. Well informed and perceptive; shrewd:
      2. Knowledgeable or proficient. Often used in combination:
      3. Practical understanding or shrewdness:
      1. To become aware of the nature and significance of; know or comprehend:
      2. To become aware of the intended meaning of (a person or remark, for example):
      3. To know and be tolerant or sympathetic toward:
      1. The act or an instance of swindling or cheating; a deception.
      1. To grasp or grip:
      2. To capture physically; seize:
      3. To seize with authority or legal right:
      1. Any of the faculties by which stimuli from outside or inside the body are received and felt, as the faculties of hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste, and equilibrium.
      2. A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation:
      3. The faculties of sensation as means of providing physical gratification and pleasure.
      1. To perceive with the eye:
      2. To detect by means analogous to use of the eye:
      3. To attend or view as a spectator:
      1. To examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed characters, words, or sentences).
      2. To utter or render aloud (written or printed material):
      3. To have the ability to examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed material in a given language or notation):
      1. To draw up (a document etc.), to designate (a cheque) to a given recipient, payee. [from 15th c.]
      2. To discern; to manage to see, hear etc. [from 16th c.]
      3. (now chiefly US, regional, intransitive) To manage, get along; to do (well, badly etc.). [from 17th c.]
      1. To take hold of or seize firmly with the hand, the foot, another body part, or an instrument:
      2. To hold with the arms; embrace.
      3. To take hold of intellectually; comprehend.
      1. To come into possession or use of; receive:
      2. To meet with or incur:
      3. To go after and obtain:
      1. To come or go after; proceed behind:
      2. To go after in pursuit:
      3. To keep under surveillance:
      1. A unit of length equal to 6 feet (1.83 meters), used principally in the measurement and specification of marine depths.
      2. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
      3. To determine the depth of; sound.
      1. To become pregnant with (offspring):
      2. To form or develop in the mind:
      3. To apprehend mentally; understand:
      1. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp.
      2. To have as part of something larger; encompass or include.
      1. A device used to determine geographic direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth's magnetic field.
      2. Another device, such as a radio compass or a gyrocompass, used for determining geographic direction.
      3. A V-shaped device for describing circles or circular arcs and for taking measurements, consisting of a pair of rigid, end-hinged legs, one of which is equipped with a pen, pencil, or other marker and the other with a sharp point providing a pivot about which the drawing leg is turned.
      1. To take into custody; arrest:
      2. To grasp mentally; understand:
      3. To become conscious of, as through the emotions or senses; perceive:
Noun
  1. The act of catching, especially a sudden taking and holding

    See also:

    get

  2. A device for fastening or for checking motion

      1. A curved or sharply bent device, usually of metal, used to catch, drag, suspend, or fasten something else.
      2. A fishhook.
      3. A curved or barbed plant or animal part.
      1. A device, such as a clip, pin, or clasp, that attaches something firmly to something else.
      2. A device, such as a seat belt, that secures a person or object.
      1. A fastening, such as a hook or buckle, used to hold two or more objects or parts together.
      2. An embrace or hug.
      3. A grip or grasp of the hand.
    See also:

    move

  3. A person or thing worth catching

      1. An opportunity to achieve wealth or success; a prize or reward:
      1. Something offered or won as an award for superiority or victory, as in a contest or competition.
      2. Something worth striving for; a highly desirable possession.
      3. Offered or given as a prize:
      1. Any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Prunus of the rose family, especially the cultivated species P. domestica and P. salicina, bearing smooth-skinned, fleshy, edible fruit with a single stone.
      2. The fruit of any of these trees.
      3. Any of several trees bearing plumlike fruit.
    See also:

    desire

  4. A tricky or unsuspected condition

      1. A dead or partly dead tree that is still standing.
      2. A tree or a part of a tree that is sunken in or protrudes above a body of water and is a danger to navigation.
      3. A snaggletooth.
      1. To apply pressure and friction to (a surface).
      2. To clean, polish, or manipulate by the application of pressure and friction.
      3. To apply to a surface firmly and with friction:
    See also:

    limited

Idioms:

    catch up

  1. To come up even with another

  2. catch up

  3. To draw in so that extrication is difficult

  4. catch up

  5. To compel, as the attention, interest, or imagination, of

Another word for catch

Noun
  1. Something caught or worth catching

      1. A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament.
      2. Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection:
      3. A beloved or highly prized person.
      1. The act or an instance of discovering.
      2. Something discovered.
      3. The compulsory disclosure to the opposing party of factual information or documents relevant to a lawsuit prior to trial.
      1. A precious stone; a gem.
      2. A small natural or artificial gem used as a bearing in a watch.
      3. A costly ornament of precious metal or gems.
      1. To come upon, often by accident; meet with:
      2. To come upon or discover by searching or making an effort:
      3. To discover or ascertain through observation, experience, or study:
      1. Any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Prunus of the rose family, especially the cultivated species P. domestica and P. salicina, bearing smooth-skinned, fleshy, edible fruit with a single stone.
      2. The fruit of any of these trees.
      3. Any of several trees bearing plumlike fruit.
      1. Something that is conventionally accepted as good beyond doubt.
      1. A rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore.
      2. A source of great wealth or prosperity.
      1. A container of flexible material, such as paper, plastic, or leather, that is used for carrying or storing items.
      2. A handbag; a purse.
      3. A piece of hand luggage, such as a suitcase or satchel.
      1. An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime:
      2. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules:
      3. A single instance of such an activity:
      1. A hunted animal; prey.
      2. Hunted animals considered as a group; game.
      3. An object of pursuit:
      1. An animal hunted or caught by another for food:
      2. The collection of animals typically hunted and eaten by a predator:
      3. An object or victim of attack:
      1. Plunder taken from an enemy in time of war.
      2. Goods or property seized by force or piracy.
      3. A valuable prize, award, or gain.
      1. A prize or memento, such as a cup or plaque, received as a symbol of victory, especially in sports.
      2. A specimen or part, such as a lion's head, preserved as a token of a successful hunt.
      3. A memento, as of one's personal achievements.
      1. An amount of goods or valuables, especially when kept in a concealed or hard-to-reach place:
      2. The concealed or hard-to-reach place used for storing a cache.
      3. A fast storage buffer in the central processing unit of a computer.
      1. Something offered or won as an award for superiority or victory, as in a contest or competition.
      2. Something worth striving for; a highly desirable possession.
      3. Offered or given as a prize:
      1. Accumulated or stored wealth in the form of money, jewels, or other valuables:
      2. Valuable or precious possessions of any kind.
      3. One considered especially precious or valuable:
      1. To pull or drag forcibly:
      2. To transport, as with a truck or cart:
      3. To cause (oneself) to move, especially slowly or laboriously:
      1. To grasp or grip:
      2. To capture physically; seize:
      3. To seize with authority or legal right:
    See also:

    booty

  2. *A desirable mate

      1. A man considered to be extremely attractive to women.
      1. A large piece; a chunk:
      2. A physically attractive man, usually with a well-developed physique.
      1. A thing considered as a unit or an element of a larger thing, quantity, or class; a portion:
      2. A portion or part that has been separated from a whole:
      3. An object that is one member of a group or class:
      1. A usually numerical record of a competitive event:
      2. The total number of points made by each competitor or side in a contest, either final or at a given stage:
      3. The number of points attributed to a competitor or team.
      1. A member of the set of positive integers; one of a series of symbols of unique meaning in a fixed order that can be derived by counting.
      2. A member of any of the following sets of mathematical objects: integers, rational numbers, real numbers, and complex numbers. These sets can be derived from the positive integers through various algebraic and analytic constructions.
      3. Arithmetic.
      1. Something offered or won as an award for superiority or victory, as in a contest or competition.
      2. Something worth striving for; a highly desirable possession.
      3. Offered or given as a prize:
      1. The ac