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Synonyms for catch

Synonyms for catch

to gain possession of, especially after a struggle or chase

to come upon, especially suddenly or unexpectedly

to perceive, especially barely or fleetingly

to get hold of (something moving)

to grasp at (something) eagerly, forcibly, and abruptly with the jaws

to have a sudden overwhelming effect on

to go aboard (a means of transport)

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to make secure

to become or cause to become stuck or lodged

to gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping

to become affected with a disease

catch up: to come up even with another

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catch up: to draw in so that extrication is difficult

catch up: to compel, as the attention, interest, or imagination, of

the act of catching, especially a sudden taking and holding

a device for fastening or for checking motion

a person or thing worth catching

a tricky or unsuspected condition

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a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident

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the quantity that was caught

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a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

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anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)

a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

a restraint that checks the motion of something

a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth

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the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly

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perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily

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reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot

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take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

to hook or entangle

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attract and fix

capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

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catch up with and possibly overtake

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be struck or affected by

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check oneself during an action

hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

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cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

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detect a blunder or misstep

grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of

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contract

perceive by hearing

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suffer from the receipt of

apprehend and reproduce accurately

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spread or be communicated

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become aware of

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delay or hold up

References in classic literature ?
Sea Catch sunk his head proudly between his fat shoulders and pretended to go to sleep for a few minutes, but all the time he was keeping a sharp lookout for a fight.
Sea Catch," she said, at last, "our baby's going to be white
Next year," said Matkah to Kotick, "you will be a holluschickie; but this year you must learn how to catch fish.
What you must do," said old Sea Catch, after he had heard his son's adventures, "is to grow up and be a big seal like your father, and have a nursery on the beach, and then they will leave you alone.
And what is good enough for the Sea Cow is good enough for the Sea Catch.
There were long stretches of smooth-worn rock running for miles, exactly fitted to make seal-nurseries, and there were play-grounds of hard sand sloping inland behind them, and there were rollers for seals to dance in, and long grass to roll in, and sand dunes to climb up and down, and, best of all, Kotick knew by the feel of the water, which never deceives a true sea catch, that no men had ever come there.
But the holluschickie and Sea Catch, his father, and all the other seals laughed at him when he told them what he had discovered, and a young seal about his own age said, "This is all very well, Kotick, but you can't come from no one knows where and order us off like this.
He flung himself at the biggest sea catch he could find, caught him by the throat, choked him and bumped him and banged him till he grunted for mercy, and then threw him aside and attacked the next.
Kotick roared in answer, and old Sea Catch waddled in with his mustache on end, blowing like a locomotive, while Matkah and the seal that was going to marry Kotick cowered down and admired their men-folk.
said old Sea Catch, boosting himself up stiffly, for he was fearfully mauled.
The salmon, swimming near the surface, as is their custom, run their heads through these meshes, and are prevented from going on through by their larger girth of body, and from going back because of their gills, which catch in the mesh.
I've only one regret, lad, and that is that I have'nt a thousand arms so as to be able to catch them all.
As I was leaving the Irishman's roof after the rain, bending my steps again to the pond, my haste to catch pickerel, wading in retired meadows, in sloughs and bog-holes, in forlorn and savage places, appeared for an instant trivial to me who had been sent to school and college; but as I ran down the hill toward the reddening west, with the rainbow over my shoulder, and some faint tinkling sounds borne to my ear through the cleansed air, from I know not what quarter, my Good Genius seemed to say -- Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day -- farther and wider -- and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving.
I trust he does not read this, unless he will improve by it -- thinking to live by some derivative old-country mode in this primitive new country -- to catch perch with shiners.
Thee catch hold o' t'other, Willum, and come along wi' un.