Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To get and hold (something that has been in motion) in a hand, the hands, a container, or an implement.
  • intransitive verb To take hold of, especially forcibly or suddenly; grasp.
  • intransitive verb To stop (oneself) from doing an action.
  • intransitive verb To capture or seize, especially after a chase.
  • intransitive verb To capture or take by trapping, snaring, or some other means.
  • intransitive verb To take in and hold or contain.
  • intransitive verb To discover or come upon suddenly, unexpectedly, or accidentally.
  • intransitive verb To become cognizant or aware of suddenly.
  • intransitive verb To reach just in time; get so as to be carried by.
  • intransitive verb To overtake.
  • intransitive verb To cause to become hooked, entangled, or fastened.
  • intransitive verb To hold up; delay.
  • intransitive verb To make contact with; strike.
  • intransitive verb To propel an object so that it hits (something).
  • intransitive verb To become subject to or to contract, as by exposure to a pathogen.
  • intransitive verb To become affected by or infused with.
  • intransitive verb To suffer from the receipt of (criticism, for example).
  • intransitive verb To perceive suddenly or momentarily.
  • intransitive verb To hear or listen to.
  • intransitive verb To grasp mentally; apprehend.
  • intransitive verb To go to see (a performance, for example).
  • intransitive verb To get (something required), usually quickly or for a brief period.
  • intransitive verb To attract and fix; arrest.
  • intransitive verb To reproduce or represent effectively.
  • intransitive verb To deceive.
  • intransitive verb Baseball To play (a game) as catcher.
  • intransitive verb To become held, entangled, or fastened.
  • intransitive verb To act or move so as to hold or grab someone or something.
  • intransitive verb To be communicable or infectious; spread.
  • intransitive verb To become ignited.
  • intransitive verb Baseball To act as catcher.
  • noun The act of catching, especially the grabbing and holding of a thrown, kicked, or batted ball before it hits the ground.
  • noun A game of throwing and catching a ball.
  • noun A quantity that is caught.
  • noun Something that is perceived or noticed.
  • noun Informal A person considered to be an attractive or admirable romantic partner.
  • noun A tricky or previously unsuspected condition or drawback.
  • noun A device for fastening something or for checking motion.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cacchen, from Old North French cachier, to chase, from Vulgar Latin *captiāre; see chase.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English cacchen, from Anglo-Norman cachier, from Old Northern French, from Late Latin captiare, from Latin captare. Akin to Modern French chasser (from Old French chacier, whence English chase), Spanish cazar.

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