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  • n  a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
    it sounds good but what's the catch?
  • n  the quantity that was caught
    the catch was only 10 fish
  • n  a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
  • n  anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
    he shared his catch with the others
  • n  a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
  • n  a restraint that checks the motion of something
  • n  a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  • n  a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
    he played catch with his son in the backyard
  • n  the act of catching an object with the hands
    Mays made the catch with his back to the plate
  • n  the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
  • v  discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state
  • v  perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
    ears open to catch every sound
  • v  reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
  • v  take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
  • v  succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
    Did you catch the thief?
  • v  to hook or entangle
  • v  attract and fix
  • v  capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  • v  reach in time
    I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock
  • v  get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
    catch one's breath
  • v  catch up with and possibly overtake
  • v  be struck or affected by
    catch fire
    catch the mood
  • v  check oneself during an action
    She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind
  • v  hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
  • v  see or watch
  • v  cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
  • v  detect a blunder or misstep
  • v  grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
    did you catch that allusion?
    don't catch your meaning
  • v  contract
    did you catch a cold?
  • v  start burning
  • v  perceive by hearing
    I didn't catch your name
  • v  suffer from the receipt of
    She will catch hell for this behavior!
  • v  attract; cause to be enamored
  • v  apprehend and reproduce accurately
  • v  take in and retain
    We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater
  • v  spread or be communicated
    The fashion did not catch
  • v  be the catcher
    Who is catching?
  • v  become aware of
  • v  delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

  • Like how to catch beetles.
  • Lowering catch limits further also benefits the marine ecosystem as a whole, maintaining biodiversity, rather than turning the oceans into a giant fish farm.
  • Scottish fisherman Mike Nichol on board the trawler Carina in the North Atlantic helps haul in the catch.
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  • Phil Mickelson in FanHouse
    Well, obviously Graeme played some incredible golf,Mickelson said. "I didn't see it I was in front trying to catch him, but I think what happened -- Dustin Johnson's one of the best players in the game, and this course he had a tough time...
  • Tony La Russa in The Associated Press
    I think he's has pressed to make that deal look good, but he's settling in,Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "When you sign a deal like that you're going to catch some extra attention, that's just the way it is. He's shown a lot of...
  • Barack Obama in New York Times
    I think that the FDA has not been able to catch some of these things as quickly as I expect them to catch,Mr. Obama said in an interview on the "Today" show.

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