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Synonyms of catch in English:


  • 1 he caught the ball
    seize, grab, snatch, seize/grab/take hold of, lay (one's) hands on, get one's hands on, grasp, grip, clutch, clench, fasten on, pluck, hold, hang on to;
    receive, acquire, get, come into possession of, intercept
    [Antonyms] drop
  • 2 we've caught a dangerous thief
    capture, seize;
    apprehend, take, arrest, lay hold of, take prisoner, take captive, take into custody, haul in;
    trap, snare, ensnare;
    informal nab, collar, run in, pinch, bust, pull in, do, feel someone's collar
    British informal nick
    [Antonyms] release
  • 3 the heel of Gloria's shoe had caught in a hole
    become trapped, become stuck, stick, become wedged, become entangled, become snarled up, become snagged, snag
  • 4 she caught the 7.45 bus
    be in time for, reach in time, make, get to;
    board, get on, enter, go on board, go aboard, step aboard, mount, ascend, embark
    informal hop on, jump on
    formal embus, entrain, emplane
    [Antonyms] miss, alight
  • 5 they were caught siphoning petrol from a car
    surprise, take by surprise, catch unawares, catch off guard, catch red-handed, catch in the act, catch out, burst in on
  • 6 it was the business scheme that had caught his imagination
    engage, capture, attract, draw, gain, grab, arrest, seize, hold, win, absorb, engross, rivet, grip, captivate, bewitch
  • 7 she caught a faint trace of discreet aftershave
    perceive, notice, observe, discern, detect, note, become aware of, make out, spot, see
    British informal clock
    [Antonyms] miss
  • 8 I had to strain my ears to catch what she was saying
    hear, perceive, recognize, discern, make out;
    follow, keep up with
    informal get, get the drift of, get the hang of, catch on to, latch on to, make head or tail of, figure out, get the picture, get the message
    British informal twig, suss out, suss
  • 9 the scenes caught the flavour of London in the sixties
    evoke, conjure up, suggest, summon up, call to mind, recall, express, reproduce, represent, show, encapsulate, capture, record;
    film, photograph, draw, paint
  • 10 the blow caught her on the side of her face
    hit, strike, slap, smack, crack, bang, connect with, contact
    [Antonyms] miss
  • 11 he served in Macedonia, where he caught malaria
    become infected with, contract, get, take, become ill/sick with, fall ill/sick with, be taken ill with, show symptoms of, succumb to, develop, go/come down with, sicken for, fall victim to, be struck down with, be stricken with;
    British  go down with
    informal take ill with
    North American informal take sick with
    [Antonyms] shake off, escape
  • 12 as the kindling caught he added larger pieces of wood
    ignite, become ignited, burn, start burning, flame, catch/take fire, burst into flames, flame up, kindle
    [Antonyms] go out
  • 13 the generator caught immediately
    start, start running, fire, begin working, go, function, operate
    [Antonyms] stop
  • Phrases

    catch it
    informal I'll catch it if he finds me here
    be reprimanded, be scolded, be rebuked, be taken to task, be admonished, be chastised, be castigated, get into trouble, be hauled over the coals
    informal be told off, be for it, be for the high jump, get into hot/deep water, get into shtook, get a dressing-down, get an earful, get a roasting, get a rocket, get a rollicking, get a rap over the knuckles, get a slap on the wrist
    catch on
  • 1 as radio caught on, politicians became increasingly aware of the medium's power
    become popular, take off, become fashionable, come into fashion/vogue, boom, flourish, thrive
    informal become trendy, become all the rage
  • 2 it's double Dutch to me at the moment, but I catch on fast
    understand, comprehend, learn, realize;
    find out, see the light, see daylight, work out what's going on, get the point
    British informal twig
  • catch (someone) up
    he stopped and waited for Lily to catch up you go with Tess and I'll catch you up
    draw level (with);
    get to, come to, reach;
    gain on, gain


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  • 1 he scooped up the net to inspect the catch
    haul, net, bag, take, yield, booty, prize
  • 2 informal Giles is a good catch for any girl
    eligible man/woman, marriage prospect, match, suitable husband/wife/spouse
  • 3 he put a hand inside the window, trying to slip the catch
    Scottish  sneck, snib
  • 4 the suspicious customer is always looking for the catch
    trap, trick, snare, wile, dodge;
    British  disbenefit
    informal ploy, con
  • 5 there was a catch in her voice
    tremor, unevenness, shake, shakiness, quiver, quivering, wobble
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