Translation of catch in Spanish:
transitive verb past tense & past participle caught
- 1 1.1 he caught her by the arm/wrist1.2 (capture, trap) catch me if you can!la agarró or (especially Spain) cogió del brazo/de la muñecahe got caught¡a que no me agarras or (especially Spain) coges!she got caught [euphemistic]lo pillaron or agarraron or (especially Spain) cogieron(se) quedó embarazadaExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (take by surprise) to catch somebody in the actshe caught him reading her mailagarrar ( or coger etc) a alguien infraganti or con las manos en la masa(you won't) catch me going there again! [colloquial]lo pilló leyendo sus cartas [colloquial]you won't catch me falling for that one!¡a mí no me vuelven a ver el pelo por ahí! [colloquial]you won't catch her in on a Saturday nightpierde cuidado, que esa yo no me la trago [colloquial]we got caught in the rainun sábado por la noche no la pillas or pescas en casa [colloquial]2.2 (intercept)nos sorprendió or [colloquial] nos pilló or pescó la lluvia(person)run and catch himcatch you later (American English) [colloquial]corre a ver si lo alcanzasto catch somebody with his pants o (British English) trousers down [colloquial]nos vemosagarrar or (especially Spain) coger a alguien desprevenido or [colloquial] en off-sideExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 3 3.1 (train/plane) (take)(be in time for)I only just caught it3.2 (manage to see, hear) See examples: there's a movie I'd like to catch [colloquial]lo alcancé con el tiempo justopor poco lo pierdowe'll just catch the end of the gamehay una película que no me quiero perderwe could catch a movie before dinner (American English)todavía podemos pescar el final del partido [colloquial]podríamos ir al cine antes de cenarExample sentences
- 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) See examples: I caught my skirt on a nailI caught my finger in the drawerse me enganchó or (in Mexico also) se me atoró or (Chile) se me pescó la falda en un clavoI got caught in a traffic jamme pillé or (in Latin America also) me agarré el dedo en el cajónthese people are caught in a cycle of povertyme agarró or (especially Spain) me cogió un atascoesta gente está atrapada en un círculo de pobreza
- 5 5.1 (attract, arrest) See examples: try to catch his attentionthe dress caught her fancytrata de atraer su atenciónthe concept caught the imagination of the youngse encaprichó con el vestido5.2 (apprehend) See examples: did you catch what she said?el concepto estimuló la imaginación de los jóvenesI didn't catch the name¿oíste or entendiste lo que dijo?I don't quite catch your meaningno entendí or capté el nombrehe caught the look in her eyeno acabo de entender or de captar lo que quieres decirI caught the aroma of fresh coffeele leyó la mirada5.3me llegó el aroma de café recién hechoExample 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 diseasecontagiarse deto catch a coldcontrajo la enfermedad [formal]I caught (the) measles from himagarrar or (especially Spain) coger or [colloquial] pescar or pillar un resfriadohe's caught that habit from his girlfriendme contagió or [colloquial] me pegó el sarampiónI caught his enthusiasmesa costumbre se le ha pegado de su noviaesa 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) See examples: he caught his head on the beamshe caught him a blow on the chinse dio en la cabeza con la vigato catch it o (in American English also) catch hell [colloquial]you'll really catch it from Dad if he sees you!le dio or pegó un golpe en la barbillahe really caught it o caught hell!¡si papá te ve, te mata!le cayó una de padre y señor mío
intransitive verb past tense & past participle caught
- 1 1.1 (grasp) here, catch!1.2 (bite, take hold)¡toma, agarra or (especially Spain) coge or (Mexico) cacha!(screw/cog)(mechanism)his voice caught and he was unable to carry on1.3 (become hooked)se le hizo un nudo en la garganta y no pudo continuarengancharseatorarse (Mexico)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.
- 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.
- 1.1 (become popular)
- 1.1 (trick) 1.2 (in wrongdoing) 1.3 (surprise)
- 1verb + adverb (draw level) See examples: I missed three weeks' classes, and it was a struggle to catch up
- 1 1.1 (Sport) 1.2 (something, somebody caught) See examples: he's/she's a good catch [colloquial]it is a prize catch for the partyes un buen partidoes una inestimable adquisición para el partidoExample sentences1.3 (of fish)
- 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.
- 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.
- 2 (fastening device — on door)(— on window, box, necklace)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?I knew there'd be a catch in o to it somewhere¿cúal es la trampa or el truco?there's no catchya sabía yo que tenía que haber gato encerradoit's a Catch-22 situationno hay ninguna trampa or ningún trucono 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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