Definition of catch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kætʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kætʃ//
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    of ball
  1. 1[countable] an act of catching something, for example a ball to make a 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] (informal) a hidden difficulty or disadvantage All that money for two hours' 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. Word OriginMiddle English (also in the sense ‘chase’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French cachier, variant of Old French chacier, based on Latin captare ‘try to catch’, from capere ‘take’.Extra examples Fishermen have been landing record catches this season. Fran slipped the catch on the door, then turned to say goodbye. Roger made some brilliant catches at today’s game. a bumper catch of tuna a restaurant where you can sample the day’s catch the safety catch on a gun All that money for two hours’ work— what’s the catch? I can’t open the catch on this bracelet. It sounds too good. There must be a catch.Idioms
    (a) catch-22, a catch-22 situation
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    (informal) 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 haven't got anywhere to live but I can't afford a place to live until I get a job—it's a catch-22 situation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: catch