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noun catch pronunciation in American English /kætʃ/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] an act of stopping and holding an object moving through the air, especially a ball

    Good catch!

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  2. 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.

  3. 4
    [countable] an object used for fastening something such as a window, door, or container

    a broken window catch

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    See also  safety catch
  4. 5
    [countable] an amount of fish that have been caught

    Catches of Atlantic salmon have declined significantly.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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?


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