There are 2 translations of catch in Spanish:

catch1

(past & past p caught)
Pronunciation: /kætʃ/

vt

  • 2 2.1 (take by surprise) agarrar , coger* (esp Esp) , pillar [familiar/colloquial] , pescar* [familiar/colloquial] to catch sb in the act agarrar ( or coger* etc) a algn infraganti or con las manos en la masa she caught him reading her mail lo pilló leyendo sus cartas [familiar/colloquial] (you won't) catch me going there again! [colloquial/familiar] ¡a mí no me vuelven a ver el pelo por ahí! [familiar/colloquial] you won't catch me falling for that one! pierde cuidado, que esa yo no me la trago [familiar/colloquial] you won't catch her in on a Saturday night un sábado por la noche no la pillas or pescas en casa [familiar/colloquial] we got caught in the rain nos sorprendió or [familiar/colloquial] nos pilló or pescó la lluvia 2.2 (intercept) [person] alcanzar* run and catch him corre a ver si lo alcanzas catch you later (AmE) [colloquial/familiar] nos vemos to catch sb with his pants o (BrE) trousers down [colloquial/familiar] agarrar or (esp Esp) coger* a algn desprevenido or [familiar/colloquial] en off-side
  • 3 3.1 [train/plane] (take) tomar , coger* (esp Esp) ; (be in time for) alcanzar* I only just caught it lo alcancé con el tiempo justo, por poco lo pierdo 3.2 (manage to see, hear) there's a movie I'd like to catch [colloquial/familiar] hay una película que no me quiero perder we'll just catch the end of the game todavía podemos pescar el final del partido [familiar/colloquial] we could catch a movie before dinner (AmE) podríamos ir al cine antes de cenar
  • 4 (entangle, trap) I caught my skirt on a nail se me enganchó or (Méx tb) se me atoró or (Chi) se me pescó la falda en un clavo I caught my finger in the drawer me pillé or (AmL tb) me agarré el dedo en el cajón I got caught in a traffic jam me agarró or (esp Esp) me cogió un atasco these people are caught in a cycle of poverty esta gente está atrapada en un círculo de pobreza
  • 5 5.1 (attract, arrest) try to catch his attention trata de atraer su atención the dress caught her fancy se encaprichó con el vestido the concept caught the imagination of the young el concepto estimuló la imaginación de los jóvenes 5.2 (apprehend) did you catch what she said? ¿oíste or entendiste lo que dijo? I didn't catch the name no entendí or capté el nombre I don't quite catch your meaning no acabo de entender or de captar lo que quieres decir he caught the look in her eye le leyó la mirada I caught the aroma of fresh coffee me llegó el aroma de café recién hecho 5.3 [mood/spirit/likeness] captar , reflejar
  • 6 (become infected with) [disease] contagiarse de, contraer* [formal] he caught the disease se contagió de la enfermedad , contrajo la enfermedad [formal] to catch a cold resfriarse* , agarrar or (esp Esp) coger* or [familiar/colloquial] pescar* or pillar un resfriado I caught (the) measles from him me contagió or [familiar/colloquial] me pegó el sarampión he's caught that habit from his girlfriend esa costumbre se le ha pegado de su novia, esa costumbre la ha cogido de su novia (esp Esp) I caught his enthusiasm me contagió or [familiar/colloquial] se me pegó su entusiasmo
  • 7 (hit) he caught his head on the beam se dio en la cabeza con la viga she caught him a blow on the chin le dio or pegó un golpe en la barbilla to catch it o (AmE also) catch hell [colloquial/familiar] you'll really catch it from Dad if he sees you! ¡si papá te ve, te mata! he really caught it o caught hell! le cayó una de padre y señor mío
  • 8 8.1 (hold back) he caught his breath in surprise se le cortó la respiración de sorpresa 8.2 (restrain) to catch oneself contenerse*

vi

Phrasal verbs

catch on

v + adv [colloquial/familiar]
1.1 (become popular) [fashion/idea] imponerse* ; [game/style] ponerse* de moda 1.2 (understand) entender* , darse* cuenta, caer* [familiar/colloquial] to catch on to sth darse* cuenta de algo, entender* algo we finally caught on to what was happening finalmente nos dimos cuenta de lo que pasaba

catch out

v + o + adv, v + adv + o

catch up

v + adv (draw level) I missed three weeks' classes, and it was a struggle to catch up perdí tres semanas de clase y me costó ponerme al día we used to be market leaders, but now other countries are catching up antes éramos los líderes del mercado pero ahora otros países nos están alcanzandoto catch up with/on sb/sth she had to catch up with o on the rest of the class/the work she'd missed tuvo que ponerse al nivel del resto de la clase/al día con el trabajo I've got a lot of work to catch up on tengo que poner al día mucho trabajo atrasado you go on ahead, I'll catch up with you later ustedes vayan delante, que yo ya los alcanzo all those late nights eventually caught up on o with me todas esas trasnochadas finalmente pudieron más que yo I called Sue to catch up with o on the latest gossip llamé a Sue para ponerme al día con los últimos chismes or al tanto de los últimos chismes I need to catch up on my sleep tengo que recuperar el sueño perdido 1.1 2.1v + o + adv (draw level with) (BrE) [leader/group] alcanzar* 2.2v + o + adv, v + adv + o (pick up) recoger* 1.2 (trap, involve) to be/get caught up in sth estar*/quedar enganchado/atrapado en algo; [in excitement/enthusiasm] contagiarse de algo I was completely caught up in my thoughts estaba totalmente absorto or ensimismado en mis pensamientos I got caught up in the traffic me agarró or (esp Esp) me cogió el tráfico she got caught up in the scandal se vio envuelta en el escándalo

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n

  • 3 (hidden drawback) trampa (f) what's the catch? ¿cúal es la trampa or el truco? I knew there'd be a catch in o to it somewhere ya sabía yo que tenía que haber gato encerrado there's no catch no hay ninguna trampa or ningún truco, no hay trampa ni cartón (Esp) it's a Catch-22 situation es una situación sin salida
  • 4 (in voice) temblor (m) with a catch in her voice con la voz entrecortada or temblorosa

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