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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycatch up with
he/she/itcatches up with
present participlecatching up with
past tensecaught up with
past participlecaught up with
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  1. 1
    catch up with someone to find and arrest someone who has committed a crime after searching for them or chasing them

    The police will catch up with you sooner or later.

  2. 2
    catch up with someone to begin to have an effect on someone

    The lack of sleep caught up with her, and she began to doze off.

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