Definition of catch up in English:

catch up

  • 1Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one: he stopped and waited for Lily to catch up
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    • The poet hurried to catch up, and when he reached the river, he too stopped and looked around.
    • She kept going further ahead and then turning to wait for them to catch up, as Matthew couldn't move very fast.
    • She broke into a jog, trying to catch up to him before he reached the next piazza a hundred metres down.
    draw level (with); get to, come to, reach; gain on, gain
  • 1.1Do tasks which one should have done earlier: he normally used the afternoons to catch up on paperwork
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    • Oh, and there's a backlog of domestic and business stuff to catch up on.
    • I like having the place to myself, though I have a bunch of housework to catch up on.
    • Public holidays are when I catch up on household chores and visit my ailing parents.
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