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Definizione monolingua catch



catch (third-person singular simple present catches, present participle catching, simple past and past participle caught)

  1. To capture, overtake.
    1. (transitive) To capture or snare (someone or something which would rather escape). syn. [from 13th c.]
      I hope I catch a fish.
      He ran but we caught him at the exit.
      The police caught the robber at a nearby casino.
    2. (transitive) To entrap or trip up a person; to deceive. [from 14th c.]
      • 1611, Authorized King James Version, Mark 12:13:
        And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
    3. (transitive, figuratively, dated) To marry or enter into a similar relationship with.
      • 1933, Sinclair Lewis, Ann Vickers, page 108, [url=]:
        The public […] said that Miss Bogardus was a suffragist because she had never caught a man; that she wanted something, but it wasnt the vote.
      • 2006, Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer, Medea, page 23, [url=]:
        As for Aspasia, concubinage with Pericles brought her as much honor as she could hope to claim in Athens. […] from the moment she caught her man, this influential, unconventional woman became a lightning rod […]
    4. (transitive) To reach (someone) with a strike, blow, weapon etc. [from 16th c.]
      If he catches you on the chin, youll be on the mat.
      • 2011 September 28, Jon Smith, “Valencia 1 - 1 Chelsea”, BBC Sport:
        The visitors started brightly and had an early chance when Valencias experienced captain David Albeda gifted the ball to Fernando Torres, but the striker was caught by defender Adil Rami as he threatened to shoot.
    5. (transitive) To overtake or catch up to; to be in time for. [from 17th c.]
      If you leave now you might catch him.
      I would love to have dinner but I have to catch a plane.
    6. (transitive) To discover unexpectedly; to surprise (someone doing something). [from 17th c.]
      He was caught on video robbing the bank.
      He was caught in the act of stealing a biscuit.
    7. (transitive) To travel by means of. [from 19th c.]
      catch the bus
      • 1987, A.J. Quinnell, In the Name of the Father, page 111, [url=]:
        After about a kilometer I caught a taxi to Santa Croce.
    8. (transitive, rare) To become pregnant. (Only in past tense or as participle.) [from 19th c.]
      • 2002, Orpha Caton, Shadow on the Creek, page 102-103, [url=]:
        Had Nancy got caught with a child? If so she would destroy her parents dreams for her.

    catch (countable and uncountable; plural catches)

    1. (countable) The act of seizing or capturing. syn.
      The catch of the perpetrator was the product of a year of police work.
    2. (countable) The act of catching an object in motion, especially a ball. syn. transl.
      The player made an impressive catch.
      Nice catch!
    3. (countable) The act of noticing, understanding or hearing. syn. transl.
      Good catch. I never would have remembered that.
    4. (uncountable) The game of catching a ball. transl.
      The kids love to play catch.
    5. (countable) A find, in particular a boyfriend or girlfriend or prospective spouse. syn. transl.
      Did you see his latest catch?
      Hes a good catch.
    6. (countable) Something which is captured or caught. transl.
      The fishermen took pictures of their catch.
    7. (uncountable) The amount which is caught, especially of fish. syn.
      The catch amounted to five tons of swordfish.
    8. (countable) A stopping mechanism, especially a clasp which stops something from opening. syn. transl.
      She installed a sturdy catch to keep her cabinets closed tight.
    9. (countable) A hesitation in voice, caused by strong emotion.
      There was a catch in his voice when he spoke his fathers name.
    10. (countable, sometimes noun adjunct) A concealed difficulty, especially in a deal or negotiation. syn. transl.
      It sounds like a great idea, but whats the catch?
      Be careful, thats a catch question.
    11. (countable) A crick; a sudden muscle pain during unaccustomed positioning when the muscle is in use.
      I bent over to see under the table and got a catch in my side.
    12. (countable) A fragment of music or poetry. syn.
      • 1852, Mrs M.A. Thompson, “The Tutors Daughter”, in Grahams American Monthly Magazine of Literature, Art, and Fashion[1], page 266:
        In the lightness of my heart I sang catches of songs as my horse gayly bore me along the well-remembered road.
    13. (obsolete) A state of readiness to capture or seize; an ambush.
      • 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrims Progress, Part I Section 3:
        You lie at the catch again: this is not for edification.
    14. (countable, agriculture) A crop which has germinated and begun to grow.
      • 1905, Eighth Biennial Report of the Board of Horticulture of the State of Oregon[2], page 204:
        There was a good catch of rye and a good fall growth.
    15. (obsolete) A type of strong boat, usually having two masts; a ketch.
      • 1612, John Smith, Map of Virginia, in Kupperman 1988, p. 158:
        Fourteene miles Northward from the river Powhatan, is the river Pamaunke, which is navigable 60 or 70 myles, but with Catches and small Barkes 30 or 40 myles farther.
    16. (countable, music) A type of humorous round in which the voices gradually catch up with one another; usually sung by men and often having bawdy lyrics.
      • 1966, Allen Tate, T. S. Eliot: The Man and His Work[3], page 76:
        One night, I remember, we sang a catch, written (words and music) by Orlo Williams, for three voices.
    17. (countable, music) The refrain; a line or lines of a song which are repeated from verse to verse. syn.
      • 2003, Robert Hugh Benson, Come Rack! Come Rope![4], page 268:
        The phrase repeated itself like the catch of a song.
    18. (countable, cricket) The act of catching a hit ball before it reaches the ground, resulting in an out.
      • 1997 May 10, Henry Blofeld, “Cricket: Rose and Burns revive Somerset”:
        It was he who removed Peter Bowler with the help of a good catch at third slip.
    19. (countable, cricket) A player in respect of his catching ability; particularly one who catches well.
      • 1894 September 16, “To Meet Lord Hawkes Team”, page 21:
        […] in the field he is all activity, covers an immense amount of ground, and is a sure catch.
    20. (countable, rowing) The first contact of an oar with the water.
      • 1935 June 7, Robert F. Kelley, “California Crews Impress at Debut”, page 29:
        They are sitting up straighter, breaking their arms at the catch and getting on a terrific amount of power at the catch with each stroke.
    21. (countable, phonetics) A stoppage of breath, resembling a slight cough.
      • 2006, Mitsugu Sakihara et al., Okinawan-English Wordbook[5], ISBN 0824831020:
        The glottal stop or glottal catch is the sound used in English in the informal words uh-huh yes and uh-uh no.

    Definizione italiano>inglese catch

      Catturare, in particolare usando le mani.
      To capture, especially in the hands.

    Altri significati:

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