Translation of catch in Spanish:
transitive verb past tense & past participle caught
- 1 1.1 he caught her by the arm/wristla agarró or (especially Spain) cogió del brazo/de la muñecaExample sentences
Example sentences1.2 (capture, trap) catch me if you can!
- He tossed both knives into the air and caught them before dropping into a crouch like his brother.
- Every time there's even a semblance of running water, we put something under the faucet to catch the precious drops.
- There were always pots across one wall of her sitting room to catch the drops.
¡a que no me agarras or (especially Spain) coges!he got caughtlo pillaron or agarraron or (especially Spain) cogieronshe got caught [euphemistic](se) quedó embarazadaExample sentences
- He says the people of Poland must work hard because they have a struggle ahead to catch the other countries of the West.
- You don't want them looking at the table and thinking: Chelsea are too far ahead for us to catch them.
- However, once he got to third, Harvey and Templeman were just too far ahead for Westbrook to catch them.
- The Welsh terrier is a rough-coated animal with droopy ears, originally bred in Wales to catch rats, mice and other vermin.
- It always seemed to me that it was pretty rare for the hunt actually to catch a fox.
- Traps of this kind, which are designed to catch foxes and rabbits, have been outlawed since 1954 when the Pest Act came into force.
- 2 2.1 (take by surprise) to catch somebody in the actagarrar ( or coger etc) a alguien infraganti or con las manos en la masashe caught him reading her maillo pilló leyendo sus cartas [colloquial](you won't) catch me going there again! [colloquial]¡a mí no me vuelven a ver el pelo por ahí! [colloquial]you won't catch me falling for that one!pierde cuidado, que esa yo no me la trago [colloquial]you won't catch her in on a Saturday nightun sábado por la noche no la pillas or pescas en casa [colloquial]we got caught in the rainnos sorprendió or [colloquial] nos pilló or pescó la lluviaExample sentences2.2 (intercept)
(person)run and catch him
- To their surprise they caught him with a soldier on Hampstead Heath.
- Do not be taken by surprise if you are caught for speeding or riding without helmets this week.
- Funnily enough, I was almost caught in a compromising situation earlier by one of the engineers.
alcanzarcorre a ver si lo alcanzascatch you later (American English) [colloquial]nos vemosto catch somebody with his pants o (British English) trousers down [colloquial]agarrar or (especially Spain) coger a alguien desprevenido or [colloquial] en off-side
- 3 3.1 (train/plane) (take)(be in time for) alcanzarI only just caught itlo alcancé con el tiempo justo
por poco lo pierdoExample sentences3.2 (manage to see, hear) there's a movie I'd like to catch [colloquial]
hay una película que no me quiero perderwe'll just catch the end of the gametodavía podemos pescar el final del partido [colloquial]we could catch a movie before dinner (American English)podríamos ir al cine antes de cenar
- It is not as if you can catch a bus or train, or hail a cab to go anywhere.
- I alighted from the train at Huddersfield and caught a bus to New Mill.
- Then I had to catch a bus, then a train, and walk quite a way to the house.
- 4 (entangle, trap) I caught my skirt on a nailse me enganchó or (in Mexico also) se me atoró or (Chile) se me pescó la falda en un clavoI caught my finger in the drawerme pillé or (in Latin America also) me agarré el dedo en el cajónI got caught in a traffic jamme agarró or (especially Spain) me cogió un atascothese people are caught in a cycle of povertyesta gente está atrapada en un círculo de pobreza
- 5 5.1 (attract, arrest) try to catch his attentiontrata de atraer su atenciónthe dress caught her fancyse encaprichó con el vestidothe concept caught the imagination of the youngel concepto estimuló la imaginación de los jóvenes5.2 (apprehend) did you catch what she said?¿oíste or entendiste lo que dijo?I didn't catch the nameno entendí or capté el nombreI don't quite catch your meaningno acabo de entender or de captar lo que quieres decirhe caught the look in her eyele leyó la miradaI caught the aroma of fresh coffeeme llegó el aroma de café recién hecho5.3Example sentences
- He explores the space, catches its relationship and represents it in various forms.
- It really catches the feel of Dave's work.
- His mastery was in describing exciting events and in catching the flavor of the moment.
- 6 (become infected with)(disease)he caught the disease
contraer [formal]se contagió de la enfermedadto catch a cold
contrajo la enfermedad [formal]resfriarseI caught (the) measles from him
agarrar or (especially Spain) coger or [colloquial] pescar or pillar un resfriadome contagió or [colloquial] me pegó el sarampiónhe's caught that habit from his girlfriendesa costumbre se le ha pegado de su noviaI caught his enthusiasm
esa costumbre la ha cogido de su novia (especially Spain)me contagió or [colloquial] se me pegó su entusiasmoExample sentences
- It damages unborn babies, and may cause miscarriage if the mother catches the disease while pregnant.
- A child with TB may have to stay in the hospital so others do not catch the infection.
- At this time it is not clear if the female nurse caught the disease from the patient, or through other sources.
- 7 (hit) he caught his head on the beamse dio en la cabeza con la vigashe caught him a blow on the chinle dio or pegó un golpe en la barbillato catch it o (in American English also) catch hell [colloquial]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
intransitive verb past tense & past participle caught
- 1 1.1 (grasp) here, catch!¡toma, agarra or (especially Spain) coge or (Mexico) cacha!Example sentences1.2 (bite, take hold)
- Abby caught at his arm, and he started to push her away, then stopped himself.
- As he made to move off in search of new bandages, she weakly caught at his arm.
- Automatically, his own hands rose to catch at his master's arm.
agarrar(mechanism)his voice caught and he was unable to carry on
engranarse le hizo un nudo en la garganta y no pudo continuar1.3 (become hooked)engancharse
pescarse (Chile)Example sentences
- The hem of her pants caught under her shoes and she toppled toward, taking the boy with her.
- Then the toe of your shoe catches in a crack in the sidewalk and you stumble forward, but quickly regain your balance, trying to keep you dignity intact.
- ‘I'm sorry,’ she said, coming so hastily to her feet her heel caught in her skirt and she lurched forward.
- 1.1 (become popular)
- 1.1 (trick) 1.2 (in wrongdoing) 1.3 (surprise)
- 1verb + adverb (draw level) I missed three weeks' classes, and it was a struggle to catch up
(game/style)1.2 (understand) to catch on
ponerse de moda
ponerse de moda
darse cuentawe finally caught on to what was happening
finalmente nos dimos cuenta de lo que pasaba
perdí tres semanas de clase y me costó ponerme al díawe 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
tuvo que ponerse al nivel del resto de la clase/al día con el trabajoI've got a lot of work to catch up on
tengo que poner al día mucho trabajo atrasadoyou go on ahead, I'll catch up with you later
ustedes vayan delante, que yo ya los alcanzoall those late nights eventually caught up on o with me
todas esas trasnochadas finalmente pudieron más que yoI 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 chismesI need to catch up on my sleep
tengo que recuperar el sueño perdido2 2.1verb + object + adverb (draw level with)
(British English) (leader/group)2.2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (pick up) 3 (trap, involve) to be/get caught up in something
estar/quedar enganchado/atrapado en algo
(in excitement/enthusiasm)I was completely caught up in my thoughts
contagiarse de algo
contagiarse de algo
estaba totalmente absorto or ensimismado en mis pensamientosI got caught up in the traffic
me agarró or (especially Spain) me cogió el tráficoshe got caught up in the scandal
se vio envuelta en el escándalo
- 1 1.1 (Sport)Example sentences1.2 (something, somebody caught) he's/she's a good catch [colloquial]
es un buen partidoit is a prize catch for the partyes una inestimable adquisición para el partidoExample sentences1.3 (of fish)
- New Zealand's fielding was also awful with several misfields and dropped catches.
- It was also an innings of great catches and easy misses.
- Countless runs were gifted away through shoddy fielding and innumerable dropped catches.
- It is, in part, this ease that makes you a catch for potential partners.
- The Shopkeeper was aware that Carl would be considered a good catch for any girl in town.
- If you focus on lifestyle issues, in other words, what you wear, where you live, how much of a catch your partner is, etc, you will turn the control of how you are judged over to other people.
- The beaches of East Anglia maybe can't produce the numbers of cod they once did, but there are still good catches taken and big fish caught.
- At home catches of white fish have been poor over the last couple of weeks.
- Some stretches are very well stocked and if you're on fish, multiple catches are common.
- 2 (fastening device — on door)(— on window, box, necklace) cierre (masculine)Example sentences
- At present ventilation windows on carriages are secured by two catches spaced about a metre apart.
- An inquest held at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court in Bristol heard part of the window catch was broken, meaning it could be pushed open at any time.
- The catch snapped and the window released slightly.
- 3 (hidden drawback) what's the catch?¿cúal es la trampa or el truco?I knew there'd be a catch in o to it somewhereya sabía yo que tenía que haber gato encerradothere's no catchno hay ninguna trampa or ningún trucoit's a Catch-22 situation
no hay trampa ni cartón (Spain)es una situación sin salidaExample sentences
- The hidden catch here is that in this case, this rule was violated.
- At The Bull Hotel on Tuesday, the programme makers reassured residents there were no hidden catches.
- The girl looked up at her, too satisfied to care if there were any kind of hidden catches.
- 4 (in voice) with a catch in her voicecon la voz entrecortada or temblorosaExample sentences
- ‘You can wake me up now,’ she said with a slight catch in her voice.
- Sherringham sounded only slightly winded, though there was a catch to his voice.
- Sinjun didn't fail to notice the slight catch in her voice.
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