- To take hold of something that is moving or thrown.
- To stop and hold (something that has been thrown, dropped, or falling).
- To take or receive (something that is being given, offered, or sent).
- To come across or experience (something) by chance.
- To capture or arrest (someone).
Late middle english (in the sense "take, seize"): from old northern french cacheier "seize, arrest", based on latin captare "to take".
- She managed to catch the ball with one hand.
- He caught the coin as it fell out of her hand.
- She caught the bouquet at the wedding.
- She caught the disease while she was traveling abroad.
- The police managed to catch the thief who stole the jewels.