American English

Definition of catch noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of ball
  1. 1[countable] an act of catching something, for example a ball to make a great catch
  2. amount caught
  3. 2[countable] the total amount of things that are caught a huge catch of fish
  4. fastening
  5. 3[countable] a device used for fastening something a catch on the door safety catches for the windows I can't open the catch on this bracelet.
  6. difficulty
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] a hidden difficulty or disadvantage All that money for two hours of work—what's the catch?
  8. child's game
  9. 5[uncountable] a child's game in which two people throw a ball to each other
  10. person
  11. 6[singular] (old-fashioned) a person that other people see as a good person to marry, employ, etc. He's a good catch.
  12. Idioms
    (a) catch-22, a catch-22 situation (informal)
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    a difficult situation from which there is no escape because you need to do one thing before doing a second, but you need to do the second thing before you can do the first I can't get a job because I don't have anywhere to live, but I can't afford a place to live until I get a job—it's a catch-22 situation.
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