Definition of catch up with in English:

catch up with

phrasal verb

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

    ‘you go with Stasia and Katie, and I'll catch up with you’
    • ‘I shook my head slightly at those thoughts and jogged a little faster, catching up with Matt and Liz ahead.’
    • ‘They had actually reached the car when he caught up with them.’
    • ‘There were policemen running after him, but it was clear just by the photo that they had no chance of catching up with them.’
    • ‘As I began to catch up with him I shouted to a passer by to help me stop him, which he did.’
    • ‘He flashed a smile when Matt caught up with him and began walking again.’
    • ‘So I started to cycle as fast as I could and soon began to catch up with the other cyclists.’
    • ‘The twins had caught up with their younger sister, and both of them began to speak at once.’
    • ‘I felt myself begin to quicken my pace to catch up with my boyfriend.’
    • ‘She managed to catch up with him and grab the bike, then began calling out for help.’
    • ‘He started peddling faster, and within seconds caught up with her, and passed her.’
  • 2Talk to (someone) whom one has not seen for some time in order to find out what he or she has been doing in the interim.

    ‘a chance to catch up with old friends’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3Begin to have a damaging effect on.

    ‘the physical exertions began to catch up with Sue’
    • ‘They began sparring again, but Kristy soon found that her lack of proper amounts of sleep was beginning to catch up with her.’
    • ‘All these days and nights without sleep were beginning to catch up with him.’
    • ‘My patient's unhealthy lifestyle began to catch up with him peripheral vascular disease, a stroke, and then angina.’
    • ‘Eventually his legion of injuries began to catch up with him.’
    • ‘She tried to keep her eyes open but the sleepless day was beginning to catch up with her.’
    • ‘The cracks in their marriage begin to show when Tom's sinister past catches up with him and the pair set off an escalating spiral of suspicion, greed and betrayal.’
    • ‘As my body began to warm up and relax, exhaustion caught up with me and I drifted in and out of a feverish half-sleep.’
    • ‘As time passes and the booze catches up with her, she dozes off.’
    • ‘They were forced to move out of their home, in the upmarket Morningside area of Edinburgh, and into care when old age caught up with them.’
    • ‘Vinnie Roe is a wonderfully brave horse but old age is catching up with him.’