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catch up


verb (adverb)

  1. (transitive) to seize and take up (something) quickly
  2. when intr, often foll by with to reach or pass (someone or something), after following   ⇒  ■ he soon caught him up
  3. (intransitive; usually followed by on or with) to make up for lost ground or deal with a backlog (in some specified task or activity)
  4. (transitive; often passive) to absorb or involve   ⇒  ■ she was caught up in her reading
  5. (transitive) to raise by or as if by fastening   ⇒  ■ the hem of her dress was caught up with ribbons

Translations for 'catch up'

  • British English: catch up If you catch up with someone, you reach them by moving faster than them.I ran faster to catch up with him.kætʃ ʌp VERB
  • Arabic: يَلْحَقُ بِ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: alcançar
  • Chinese: 追上
  • Croatian: dostići
  • Czech: dohnat dohánětkoho za chůze
  • Danish: indhente
  • Dutch: inhalen
  • European Spanish: alcanzarpersona
  • Finnish: saada kiinni
  • French: rattraper
  • German: aufholen
  • Greek: προφταίνω
  • Italian: raggiungere
  • Japanese: 追いつく
  • Korean: 따라잡다
  • Norwegian: nå igjen
  • Polish: złapać łapać
  • Portuguese: alcançar
  • Romanian: a ajunge din urmă
  • Russian: догнать
  • Spanish: alcanzarLlegar a igualarse
  • Swedish: hinna ifatt
  • Thai: ตามทัน
  • Turkish: ortasında kalmakçatışma/gösteri
  • Ukrainian: наздоганяти наздогнати
  • Vietnamese: đuổi kịp

Example Sentences Including 'catch up'

I winced as I straightened up and tottered back down the street, which gave Richard the chance to catch up with me.
Val McDermid KICK BACK (2002)
The boy scrambled to his feet, a gold tooth gleaming in a sunny smile and ran to catch up with his troop.
Arthur, Robert Three in One
She swung on down the front walk, then waited patiently beside my car for me to catch up with her.
Pickard, Nancy No Body


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