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definition of the word catch

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Singular
catch

Plural
countable and uncountable; catches

catch (countable and uncountable; plural catches)

  1. (countable) The act of seizing or capturing. syn.
    The catch of the perpetrator was the product of a year of police work.
  2. (countable) The act of catching an object in motion, especially a ball. syn. transl.
    The player made an impressive catch.
    Nice catch!
  3. (countable) The act of noticing, understanding or hearing. syn. transl.
    Good catch. I never would have remembered that.
  4. (uncountable) The game of catching a ball. transl.
    The kids love to play catch.
  5. (countable) A find, in particular a boyfriend or girlfriend or prospective spouse. syn. transl.
    Did you see his latest catch?
    He's a good catch.
  6. (countable) Something which is captured or caught. transl.
    The fishermen took pictures of their catch.
  7. (uncountable) The amount which is caught, especially of fish. syn.
    The catch amounted to five tons of swordfish.
  8. (countable) A stopping mechanism, especially a clasp which stops something from opening. syn. transl.
    She installed a sturdy catch to keep her cabinets closed tight.
  9. (countable) A hesitation in voice, caused by strong emotion.
    There was a catch in his voice when he spoke his father's name.
  10. (countable, sometimes noun adjunct) A concealed difficulty, especially in a deal or negotiation. syn. transl.
    It sounds like a great idea, but what's the catch?
    Be careful, that's a catch question.
  11. (countable) A crick; a sudden muscle pain during unaccustomed positioning when the muscle is in use.
    I bent over to see under the table and got a catch in my side.
  12. (countable) A fragment of music or poetry. syn.
    • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutor's Daughter”, in Graham's American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion[1], page 266,  
      In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
  13. (obsolete) A state of readiness to capture or seize; an ambush.
  14. (countable, agriculture) A crop which has germinated and begun to grow.
    • 1905, Eighth Biennial Report of the Board of Horticulture of the State of Oregon[2], page 204,  
      There was a good catch of rye and a good fall growth.
  15. (countable, music) A type of humorous round in which the voices gradually catch up with one another; usually sung by men and often having bawdy lyrics.
    • 1966, Allen Tate, T. S. Eliot: The Man and His Work[3], page 76,  
      One night, I remember, we sang a catch, written (words and music) by Orlo Williams, for three voices.
  16. (countable, music) The refrain; a line or lines of a song which are repeated from verse to verse. syn.
    • 2003, Robert Hugh Benson, Come Rack! Come Rope![4], page 268,  
      The phrase repeated itself like the catch of a song.
  17. (countable, cricket) The act of catching a hit ball before it reaches the ground, resulting in an out.
    • 1997 May 10, Henry Blofeld, “Cricket: Rose and Burns revive Somerset”[5], The Independent, 
      It was he who removed Peter Bowler with the help of a good catch at third slip.
  18. (countable, cricket) A player in respect of his catching ability; particularly one who catches well.
    • 1894 September 16, “To Meet Lord Hawke's Team”[6], The New York Times, page 21, 
      [] in the field he is all activity, covers an immense amount of ground, and is a sure catch.
  19. (countable, rowing) The first contact of an oar with the water.
    • 1935 June 7, Robert F. Kelley, “California Crews Impress at Debut”[7], The New York Times, page 29, 
      They are sitting up straighter, breaking their arms at the catch and getting on a terrific amount of power at the catch with each stroke.
  20. (countable, phonetics) A stoppage of breath, resembling a slight cough.
    • 2006, Mitsugu Sakihara et al., Okinawan-English Wordbook[8], ISBN 0824831020,  
      The glottal stop or glottal catch is the sound used in English in the informal words uh-huh 'yes' and uh-uh 'no'.


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