Definition of catch up in English:

catch up

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phrasal verb

  • 1Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one.

    ‘he stopped and waited for Lily to catch up’
    • ‘you go with Stasia and Katie, and I'll catch up with you’
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    1. 1.1catch someone up, catch up someoneBritish Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one.
      • ‘you go with Tess and I'll catch you up’
    2. 1.2Do tasks that one should have done earlier.
      ‘he normally used the afternoons to catch up on paperwork’
      • ‘a year's hard studying had helped him to catch up’
  • 2Talk to someone whom one has not seen for some time in order to find out what they have been doing.

    ‘it's always good to catch up with old friends’
    • ‘We have to catch up! I haven't seen you in so long’
    • ‘the two women catch up on years of absence’
    • ‘Two female former schoolmates whom I caught up with two weeks ago also found themselves single recently.’
    • ‘Like all these things, it was a good chance to catch up with old friends!’
    • ‘Pat said the evening was a chance to catch up with old friends and was thoroughly enjoyable.’
    • ‘Still, it was great to catch up with so many old friends and workmates.’
    • ‘It was great to get the chance to catch up with each other.’
    • ‘I must admit I was mostly pleased to not be at work and to have the chance to catch up with a few people.’
    • ‘Last month I had a chance to catch up with Matt and discuss the book.’
    • ‘It was great having a chance to catch up with you over lunch today.’
    • ‘Communal meals in the dining hall allow you a chance to catch up with friends and make new ones.’
    • ‘After breakfast I went into our Canberra office and caught up with some old colleagues which was strangely reassuring.’
  • 3be caught up in or get caught up inBe involved in something that one had not intended to become involved in.

    • ‘he had no desire to be caught up in political activities’
  • 4catch something up, catch up somethingPick something up hurriedly.

    • ‘she caught up her jacket and bag and walked to the door’