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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
catch up (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to pick up often abruptly - the thief caught the purse up and ran
b) - ensnare entangle education has been caught up in a stultifying mythology N. M. Pusey
c) - enthrall the … public was caught up in the car's magic D. A. Jedlicka
2.
intransitive verb
to provide with the latest information - catch me up on the news
1.
a) to travel fast enough to overtake an advance party
b) to reach a state of parity or of being able to cope - students who miss class have difficulty catching up
2.
to bring about arrest for illicit activities - the police caught up with the thieves
3.
a) to complete or compensate for something belatedly - catch up on lost sleep
b) to acquire belated information - catch up on the news
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
catch up (verb)
1.
to catch or hold as if in a net
SYNONIMS:
catch up, enmesh ( immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entoil, entrap, mesh, net, snare, tangle, trap
RELATED WORDS:
bag, birdlime, capture, collar; embroil, implicate, involve, mire
NEAR ANTONYMS:
detach, disengage, extricate; clear, free, liberate
disentangle, untangle
catch up (verb)
2.
to hold the attention of as if by a spell
SYNONIMS:
arrest, bedazzle, catch up, enchant, fascinate, grip, hypnotize, mesmerize, spellbind
RELATED WORDS:
enrapture, entrance, thrill; beguile, bewitch, charm; absorb, engage, engross, involve
catch up (verb)
3.
to hold the attention of
SYNONIMS:
absorb, bemuse, busy, catch up, engross, enthrall ( enthral), enwrap, fascinate, grip, immerse, interest, intrigue, involve, occupy
RELATED WORDS:
allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, obsess; hypnotize, mesmerize; distract, preoccupy; hog, monopolize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bore, jade, pall, tire, weary
catch up (verb)
4.
to give information to
SYNONIMS:
acquaint, advise, apprise, brief, catch up, clear, clue (in), familiarize, fill in, hip, inform, instruct, tell, verse, wise (up)
RELATED WORDS:
advertise, alert, notify; announce (to), disclose (to); assure, certify, convince, reassure, warrant; educate, lecture, school, teach, tutor; disabuse, disenchant, disillusion, undeceive
NEAR ANTONYMS:
misinform, mislead
catch up (verb)
to move fast enough to get even with
SYNONIMS:
catch, catch up (with), overhaul
RELATED WORDS:
chase, pursue; gain, reach; pass, surpass
NEAR ANTONYMS:
fall short
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