Synonyms of catch in English:

catch


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See UK English definition of catch

See Spanish definition of agarrar

verb

1‘he caught the ball’

SYNONYMS
seize, grab, snatch, grab hold of, seize hold of, take hold of, lay hands on, lay one's hands on, get one's hands on, grasp, grip, clutch, clench, fasten on, pluck, hold, hang on to
receive, acquire, get, come into possession of, intercept
ANTONYMS

drop

2‘we've caught a dangerous thief’

SYNONYMS
capture, seize
apprehend, take, arrest, lay hold of, take prisoner, take captive, take into custody, haul in
trap, snare, ensnare
net, hook, reel in, land, beach, bag
informal nab, collar, run in, bust, pull in, do, feel someone's collar
British informal pinch, nick
ANTONYMS

release

3‘the heel of Hannah's shoe had caught in a hole’

SYNONYMS
become trapped, become stuck, stick, become wedged, become entangled, become snarled up, become snagged, snag

4‘she caught the 7.45 bus’

SYNONYMS
be in time for, reach in time, make, get to
board, get on, enter, go on board, go aboard, step aboard, mount, ascend, embark
informal hop on, jump on
formal embus, entrain, emplane
ANTONYMS

miss, alight

5‘they were caught siphoning petrol from a car’

SYNONYMS
discover, detect, find, come across, come upon, stumble on, chance on, light on, bring to light, turn up, expose, find out, unmask
surprise, take by surprise, catch unawares, catch off guard, catch red-handed, catch in the act, catch out, burst in on

6‘it was the business scheme that had caught his imagination’

SYNONYMS
engage, capture, attract, draw, gain, grab, arrest, seize, hold, win, absorb, engross, rivet, grip, captivate, bewitch

7‘she caught a faint trace of discreet aftershave’

SYNONYMS
perceive, notice, observe, discern, detect, note, become aware of, make out, spot, see
British informal clock
ANTONYMS

miss

8‘I had to strain my ears to catch what she was saying’

SYNONYMS
hear, perceive, recognize, discern, make out
understand, comprehend, grasp, take in, fathom, puzzle out, apprehend, get to the bottom of, unravel, decipher
follow, keep up with
informal get, get the drift of, get the hang of, catch on to, latch on to, make head or tail of, figure out, get the picture, get the message
British informal twig, suss out, suss

9‘the scenes caught the flavour of London in the sixties’

SYNONYMS
evoke, conjure up, suggest, summon up, call to mind, recall, express, reproduce, represent, show, encapsulate, capture, record
film, photograph, draw, paint

10‘the blow caught her on the side of her face’

SYNONYMS
hit, strike, slap, smack, crack, bang, connect with, contact
ANTONYMS

miss

11‘he served in Macedonia, where he caught malaria’

SYNONYMS
become infected with, contract, get, take, become ill with, become sick with, fall ill with, fall sick with, be taken ill with, show symptoms of, succumb to, develop, come down with, go down with, sicken for, fall victim to, be struck down with, be stricken with
British go down with
informal take ill with
North American informal take sick with
ANTONYMS

shake off, escape

12‘as the kindling caught he added larger pieces of wood’

SYNONYMS
ignite, become ignited, burn, start burning, flame, catch fire, take fire, burst into flames, flame up, kindle
ANTONYMS

go out

13‘the generator caught immediately’

SYNONYMS
start, start running, fire, begin working, go, function, operate
ANTONYMS

stop


noun

1‘he scooped up the net to inspect the catch’

SYNONYMS
haul, net, bag, take, yield, booty, prize

2‘I think you're a good catch’

SYNONYMS
eligible man, eligible woman, prospect, marriage prospect, match, suitable husband, suitable spouse, suitable wife

3‘he put a hand inside the window, trying to slip the catch’

SYNONYMS
latch, lock, fastener, fastening, clasp, hasp, hook, bar, clip, bolt
Scottish sneck, snib

4‘the suspicious customer is always looking for the catch’

SYNONYMS
snag, disadvantage, drawback, stumbling block, hitch, fly in the ointment, joker in the pack, pitfall, complication, problem, hiccup, hindrance, difficulty, setback, hurdle, downside, minus
trap, trick, snare, wile, dodge
British disbenefit
informal ploy, con

5‘there was a catch in her voice’

SYNONYMS
tremor, unevenness, shake, shakiness, quiver, quivering, wobble

Phrases

    catch it

    ‘I'll catch it if he finds me here’


    SYNONYMS
    be reprimanded, be scolded, be rebuked, be taken to task, be admonished, be chastised, be castigated, get into trouble, be hauled over the coals
    be told off, be for it, be for the high jump, get into deep water, get into hot water, get into shtook, get a dressing-down, get an earful, get a roasting, get a rocket, get a rollicking, get a rap over the knuckles, get a slap on the wrist
    catch up

    ‘he stopped and waited for Lily to catch up’


    SYNONYMS
    draw level
    get to, come to, reach
    gain on, gain
    catch on

    1‘as radio caught on, politicians became increasingly aware of the medium's power’


    SYNONYMS
    become popular, take off, become fashionable, come into fashion, come into vogue, boom, flourish, thrive
    informal become trendy, become all the rage

    2‘it's double Dutch to me at the moment, but I catch on fast’


    SYNONYMS
    understand, comprehend, learn, realize
    find out, see the light, see daylight, work out what's going on, get the point
    informal cotton on, tumble, latch on, get the picture, get the message, get the drift, get wise, see what's what, understand what's what
    British informal twig