Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

catch - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun catch pronunciation in American English /kætʃ/
Word Forms
Close
singularcatch
pluralcatches
  1. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] a hidden problem or difficulty in something that seems extremely good
    It sounds like a fabulous opportunity, so what’s the catch?
    It is very cheap, but the catch is that you have to be at the airport at 3 in the morning.
  2. 5
    [countable] an amount of fish that have been caught
    Catches of Atlantic salmon have declined significantly.
  3. 6
    [countable] mainly literary a sudden pause in what someone is saying as a result of a strong emotion
    “I love you so much,” he said with a catch in his voice.
  4. 7
    [countable] informal old-fashioned someone who would be an appropriate husband, wife, or partner
    A penniless writer’s not exactly a good catch, is he?

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

Mardi Gras

shrove tuesday

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog