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catching Line breaks: catch|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈkatʃɪŋ/

Definition of catching in English:


1(Of a disease) infectious: chicken pox is catching until scabs form on all the blisters
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  • It brings to mind a contagious catching ailment.
  • The patient may be afraid that their partner will think that it is catching.
  • The disease is catching and will spread to other trees.
1.1(Of a person’s emotion or mood) likely to spread to other people: her enthusiasm is catching
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  • Habits such as smoking and, indeed, overeating were also found to be catching.
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