catch (verb) past tense: caught LISTEN
If you catch something, it means that you take something in your hands because someone threw it or it is falling.
- I caught the ball.
It also means to arrive on time so that you can get on a bus or train before it leaves.
- I have to leave now or I won't catch my train.
Catch means to get an illness.
- I caught a cold and couldn't go to work.
If you catch someone, it means that you find them and stop them, usually when they are trying to escape.
- The police caught him after two days.
When someone stops exercising because they are breathing very fast, we often say that they are catching their breath. For example, “Stop for a minute and catch your breath.”
In pop culture
Do you know the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can? Leonardo DiCaprio plays a smart criminal who the FBI is trying to catch, as you can see in this video.
There are other meanings of catch.