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British English: /katʃ/
American English: /kætʃ/
, /kɛtʃ/

Translation of catch in Arabic:

transitive verb/فعل متعد past tense/زمن الماضي, past participle/اسم المفعول caught

  • 1
    (to hold and retain) (Form VIII), (Form IV) (a ball, fruit)
    there was a bucket to catch the water
    كانَتْ هُناكَ دَلْوٌ لِيَسيلَ فيها الماءُ
  • 2
    (to capture criminals) (stem vowel = i) (Form I) (a robber, murderer)
    (to capture animals) (Form I) (stem vowel = i) (Form VIII) (a mouse, fish)
    to get caught
    if caught early enough, the disease can be cured
    إذا تَمَّ اكْتِشافُ المَرَضِ مُبَكِّراً، كانَ العِلاجُ مُمْكِناً
  • 3
    (to take by surprise) (Form III), (Form I) (stem vowel = i or u) (Form III)
    to catch somebody doing something
    ضَبَطَ شَخْصاً يَفْعَلُ شَيْئاً
    you wouldn't catch me smoking!
    لن تَضْبِطَني وَأَنا أُدَخِّنُ!
    we got caught in the rain
    فوجِئْنا بالمَطَرِ
    you've caught me at a bad time
    جِئْتَني في وَقْتٍ سَيِّئٍ
  • 4
    (to be in time for) (stem vowel = a) (Form I) (Form IV) (a bus, train, plane)
    to catch the post
    أَدْرَكَ البَريدَ
  • 5
    [informal] (to manage to see) (Form IV) (a movie, show, programme)
    I managed to catch her in
    (at home)
    ‫تَمَكَّنْتُ من اللَحاقِ بِها في المَنْزِلِ‬
  • 6
    (to grasp) (stem vowel = i or u) (Form I) (Form IV) (somebody's arm, hand)
    to catch hold of something/somebody
    أَمْسَكَ شَيْئاً \ شَخْصاً
    to catch somebody's eye or attention
    لَفَتَ \ جَذَبَ انْتِباهَ شَخْصٍ
    to catch somebody's imagination/interest
    جَذَبَ اهْتِمامَ شَخْصٍ
  • 7
    (to trap, entangle) (stem vowel = a) (Form I)
    mind you don't catch your fingers in the door
    انْتِبِهْ حتّى لا تَشْتَبِكَ أَصابِعُكَ في البابِ
    I caught my sleeve on a nail
    عَلِقَ كُمّي في مِسْمارٍ
  • 9
    أُصيبَ ب
    (a disease, an infection)
    to catch a cold
    أُصيبَ بِبَرْدٍ
    you've caught the sun (British English/الإنكليزية البريطانية)
    أُصِبْتَ بِحُروقِ الشَمْسِ
  • 10
    (to hit, strike) (Form IV) (a person, somebody's arm, head)
    the ball caught me on the side of the head
    أَصابَتْني الكُرةُ في جانِبِ رَأْسي
  • 11 (in phrases) See examples:to catch fire or light
    اشْتَعَلَتْ فيهِ النيرانُ
    to catch the light
    بَرَق في الضَوْءِ
    to catch one's breath
    الْتَقَطَ أَنْفاسَهُ

intransitive verb/فعل غير متعد past tense/زمن الماضي, past participle/اسم المفعول caught

  • 1 (to try to grasp)to catch at something
    أَمْسَكَ \ حاوَلَ الإمْساكَ بِشَيْءٍ
  • 2
    (to become stuck) (sleeve, hair) (stem vowel = a) (Form I)
    my sleeve caught on a hook/in the door
    عَلِقَ كُمّي في الخُطّافِ \ البابِ
  • 3
    (to start burning) (wood, fire)
    ‫بَدَأَ في الاشْتِعالِ‬


  • 1
    (in games)
    to take or (American English/الإنكليزية الأمريكية) make a catch
    ‫قامَ بالْتِقاطِ الكُرةِ‬
    to play catch
    لَعِبَ لُعْبةَ قَذْفِ وَالْتِقاطِ الكُرةِ
  • 3
    [informal] (drawback) (خَفيّ)
    it sounds good, but what's the catch?
    يَبْدو جَيِّداً، وَلَكِنْ أَيْنَ يَكْمُنُ العَيْبُ؟
  • 4 (break in the voice) See examples: with a catch in his voice
    بِتَهَدُّجٍ في صَوْتِهِ
  • 5
    (many fish)
    ‫صَيْد وَفير‬
    (one fish)
  • 6 (marriage partner) See examples: a good catch
    عَريس لُقْطة

Phrasal verbs

catch on

(to become popular) (idea, trend) (Form VIII), (Form VIII)
(to understand) (the public, voters) (Form X), (stem vowel = a) (Form I)
to catch on to something
اسْتَوْعَبَ شَيْئاً

catch out

catch [somebody] out 1
(to take by surprise)
‫باغَتَ \ فاجَأَ [شَخْصاً]‬
we were caught out by the weather
فوجِئْنا بالطَقْسِ
2 (by questions, etc)
أَوْقَعَ ب [شَخْصٍ]
(in cricket, baseball) (أَخْرَجَ [شَخْصاً] من اللُعْبَةِ بِإمْساكِ الكُرَةِ قبل أنْ تَلْمَسَ الأَرْضَ) (a batter)

catch up

(to draw level) (runner, driver) (Form I) (stem vowel = a) (Form IV)
to catch up with somebody
لَحِقَ بِشَخْصٍ
(with work, studies) (clerk, student)
عَوَّضَ ما فاتَهُ
she has a lot of work to catch up on
‫‫لَدَيْها الكَثيرُ من العَمَلِ المُتَأَخِّرِ لِتُنْجِزَهُ‬‬
to catch up on all the news
اطَّلَعَ على كُلِّ ما فاتَهُ من أَخْبارٍ
1 catch [somebody/something] up
(to get level with)
لَحِقَ ب [شَخْصٍ \ شَيْءٍ]
2to get caught up in something
(entangled in branches, cables)
(in traffic)
عَلِقَ في شَيْءٍ
I got caught up in all the excitement
أَخَذَتْني غَمْرةُ الحَماسِ

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