1. A drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident (synset 105172200)
    "it sounds good but what's the catch?"
  2. The quantity that was caught (synset 113777962)
    "the catch was only 10 fish"
  3. A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect (synset 109920434)
  4. Anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching) (synset 109261049)
    "he shared his catch with the others"
  5. A break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion) (synset 107081800)
  6. A restraint that checks the motion of something (synset 102986245)
    "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
  7. A fastener that fastens or locks a door or window (synset 102986054)
  8. A cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth (synset 100459665)
    "he played catch with his son in the backyard"
  9. The act of catching an object with the hands (synset 100139776)
    "Mays 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"
  10. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) (synset 100089545)
    "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  1. Discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly;
    Catch somebody doing something or in a certain state (synset 200727710)
    "She caught her son eating candy"; "She was caught shoplifting"
  2. Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily (synset 202122438)
    "I 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"
  3. Reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot (synset 201403769)
    "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach"
  4. Take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of (synset 201441809)
    "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"
  5. Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase (synset 201217985)
    "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"
  6. To hook or entangle (synset 201330498)
    "One foot caught in the stirrup"
  7. Attract and fix (synset 201508590)
    "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"
  8. Capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping (synset 201482779)
    "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
  9. Reach in time (synset 202022224)
    "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
  10. Get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly (synset 202253107)
    "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"
  11. Catch up with and possibly overtake (synset 201157556)
    "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
  12. Be struck or affected by (synset 200544096)
    "catch fire"; "catch the mood"
  13. Check oneself during an action (synset 202516571)
    "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
  14. Hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers (synset 202193614)
    "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
  15. See or watch (synset 202155378)
    "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie"
  16. Cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled (synset 201330694)
    "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
  17. Detect a blunder or misstep (synset 200601230)
    "The reporter tripped up the senator"
  18. Grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of (synset 200591299)
    "did 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"
  19. Contract (synset 200087740)
    "did you catch a cold?"
  20. Start burning (synset 202767092)
    "The fire caught"
  21. Perceive by hearing (synset 202193844)
    "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
  22. Suffer from the receipt of (synset 202114099)
    "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
  23. Attract;
    Cause to be enamored (synset 201810472)
    "She captured all the men's hearts"
  24. Apprehend and reproduce accurately (synset 201741988)
    "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs"
  25. Take in and retain (synset 201483099)
    "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
  26. Spread or be communicated (synset 201383031)
    "The fashion did not catch"
  27. Be the catcher (synset 201084847)
    "Who is catching?"
  28. Become aware of (synset 200727971)
    "he caught her staring out the window"
  29. Delay or hold up;
    Prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned (synset 200461312)
    "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

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