Translation of catch in Spanish:

catch

agarrar, v.

Pronunciation /kætʃ//katʃ//kɛtʃ/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (ball/object) agarrar
      (ball/object) coger Spain
      he caught her by the arm/wrist la agarró del brazo/de la muñeca
      • There were always pots across one wall of her sitting room to catch the drops.
      • Spread newspaper everywhere to catch the drops and make sure your room is well-ventilated.
      • You don't want them looking at the table and thinking: Chelsea are too far ahead for us to catch them.
      • There was almost an element of teasing the pursuing Gary Smith, for the centre-half came close to catching the fleet-footed striker.
      • Cover the ground with canvas drop cloths to catch the paint chips.
      • Her hopes of a medal were effectively dashed when she made slight contact with a barrier and used her final efforts trying to catch the bronze-medal group.
      • Every time there's even a semblance of running water, we put something under the faucet to catch the precious drops.
      • The guard dropped his rifle to catch the incoming equipment.
      • He caught them with little effort, looked at them, and then smiled wide showing plenty of teeth.
      • The winner, ridden by Chris McCarron, caught the Irish horse in the run in and came out in front.
      • Could I run out to the fields and tell the boys fast enough for them to catch Hector before he reached town?
      • Two people went up each tree while the third person ran around below with the backpack, trying to catch the fruit they dropped down.
      • He jumped up, just barely catching the baseball thrown by his father.
      • Lavan chases after Yaakov and upon catching him accuses Yaakov of stealing his Terafim.
      • Waking up from its slumber in cool waters, it sluggishly walks around, often opening its mouth to catch the banana thrown by the woman walking along with her.
      • He tossed both knives into the air and caught them before dropping into a crouch like his brother.
      • He quickly dropped the knife and caught the blood in his palm before it could drip onto the coverlet.
      • It's a conditioned reflex learnt in the pubs of south Wales, where he'd catch beer bottles thrown at him by angry boyfriends and disarm them with a grin and a glug.
      • I headed to the Myers house; I wasn't fast enough to catch Theo before he headed inside so I knocked on the door.
      • Nearing Poer Head, Conor and Denise Phelan in Endeavour managed to catch them but could not pass clear ahead.
      • He was unable to catch the Briton ahead of him.
      • At Christmas, there is a store that gives away the unsold Christmas trees to anyone who can catch one when thrown in the air by the owner.
      • Try as Emilion might, he could not teach me to throw and catch the pesky things properly.
      • She snatched up her shirt and boombox, rubbing the back of her hand over her forehead, catching the sweat drops before they fell.
      • He says the people of Poland must work hard because they have a struggle ahead to catch the other countries of the West.
      • Cyrus had to react quickly with the napkin to catch the drop of spaghetti sauce that had fallen from his lips.
      • However, once he got to third, Harvey and Templeman were just too far ahead for Westbrook to catch them.
      • Her tongue darted out faster than humanly possible, catching a drop on the tip.
      • She spins around like a little girl with her tongue sticking out to catch the drops.
      • A childish glee overtook her, and she put out her tongue to catch the falling rain drops.
      • Brooke hurried over, and made it in time to slip a paper towel under his nose to catch the first few drops of blood.
      • His head was tilted back, his hands splayed out as if to catch drops from a leaking firmament.

    • 1.2(capture, trap)

      (mouse/lion) atrapar
      (lion/mouse) coger Spain
      (fish) pescar
      (fish) coger Spain
      catch me if you can! ¡a que no me agarras!
      • he got caught lo cogieron
      • she got caught (se) quedó embarazada
      • So far it had caught four mice, which he was certain were all different ones, rather than being the same one returning each time.
      • Anybody can get lucky and catch a single fish that's worth a prize.
      • The easiest time of the year to catch rabbit is winter.
      • It was the fourth largest rainbow trout caught at the venue since 1979.
      • The soldiers said they caught several species of fish including carp and a large catfish.
      • We never made any secret of the fact that we used dogs to catch rabbits.
      • It always seemed to me that it was pretty rare for the hunt actually to catch a fox.
      • The Welsh terrier is a rough-coated animal with droopy ears, originally bred in Wales to catch rats, mice and other vermin.
      • Government workers tried to catch the creature by laying cages and shooting it with tranquilliser darts, but they failed.
      • Very few city dwellers are willing to go to the trouble of catching a wild cat, which is a dangerous exercise anyway.
      • The culprit was quickly caught and thrown into a maximum security holding cell.
      • The hunt, which was out for about four hours, did not catch a fox.
      • ‘No they are catching them and throwing them back into the water,’ I explained.
      • If you catch them you should throw them back in, or at very least agree not to take the three points.
      • If the fox is caught, it is killed extremely quickly by the lead hound, which has a weight of five times that of the fox.
      • When the rabbit season comes, we hunt and catch a few rabbits.
      • They feed cattle, dogs and cats because those animals are useful in daily life - cattle work in the fields, dogs protect the home and cats catch mice.
      • Traps of this kind, which are designed to catch foxes and rabbits, have been outlawed since 1954 when the Pest Act came into force.
      • Nowadays, with cats getting fed so well by their owners, they don't bother about catching mice for food, they use them as playthings, along with birds and other harmless creatures.
      • We arrived back at the Inn late that afternoon without having caught a single fish.

  • 2

    • 2.1(take by surprise)

      agarrar
      coger Spain
      pillar informal
      pescar informal
      she caught him reading her mail lo pilló leyendo sus cartas informal
      • (you won't) catch me going there again! ¡a mí no me vuelven a ver el pelo por ahí!
      • you won't catch me falling for that one! pierde cuidado, que esa yo no me la trago
      • you won't catch her in on a Saturday night un sábado por la noche no la pillas / pescas en casa
      • we got caught in the rain nos pescó la lluvia
      • He repressed an urge to call for help, realizing how it would look if anyone caught him in this situation.
      • Flushing a bit upon catching herself staring at him, Meira lowered her head quickly so as not to be noticed.
      • The fact is that it is ineffective in cases of proven crime and criminals who have been caught red-handed.
      • Unless we catch them throwing a bottle or dropping litter all we can do is ask them to leave.
      • She was caught by our photographer dropping bags of bread for the birds near the town bridge.
      • In August 2001 he was caught at the wheel of his car while more than three times over the legal limit.
      • But boy were we wrong when we caught him last night in a hot new nightclub in town getting down and dirty.
      • Funnily enough, I was almost caught in a compromising situation earlier by one of the engineers.
      • But the exercise continues as the police do not want to be caught napping.
      • Do not be taken by surprise if you are caught for speeding or riding without helmets this week.
      • But as Alex began to unbutton his pants, she quickly turned her head, afraid he would catch her looking.
      • To their surprise they caught him with a soldier on Hampstead Heath.
      • My last stepfather, upon catching me acting out the putrid stories, declared me crazy.
      • The individual was sentenced to six years in jail in July 2003 after being caught with a haul of heroin.
      • But Frank returns unexpectedly and catches the two together in a confrontation that will change everyone's lives.
      • Muscat was once caught naughtily propelling a clump of mud in the direction of an opponent stepping up to take a penalty.
      • For the second week in a row a top Irish jockey was caught dropping his hands on a winning placed horse.
      • He spends all of his waking hours hatching schemes to catch the thief red-handed.
      • An under-age driver caught at the wheel of a car has been warned that he could be locked up if he drives again within a year.
      • Police must be on top at all times and not caught napping when criminals strike.

    • 2.2(intercept)

      (person) alcanzar
      run and catch him corre a ver si lo alcanzas

  • 3

    • 3.1

      (plane/train) (take) tomar
      (train/plane) (take) coger Spain
      (train/plane) (be in time for) alcanzar
      I only just caught it lo alcancé con el tiempo justo
      • I only just catch my train, quickly jump on the first carriage, and bury myself in my morning paper.
      • It is not as if you can catch a bus or train, or hail a cab to go anywhere.
      • One couple from Malton said they could catch the train from home and that the bus simply did not offer enough comfort.
      • I caught the train and it was really nice to just sit back and read.
      • Passengers would be able to spend time in the city before booking in and catching a new secure rail service to their flight.
      • They were then taken to buy visas and had to reach Cancun to catch a flight to Cuba.
      • The next morning I caught a bus to east Leeds and walked about.
      • Then I had to catch a bus, then a train, and walk quite a way to the house.
      • Older people don't all have cars and must cross the road to catch the bus.
      • Your mother and I caught a bus from the airport last time.
      • Mr North now has to catch a bus and a train to get to work which takes him two hours.
      • I caught the train to Slovenia with a local, who was happy to tell me a bit about the country and help me master a few language basics.
      • Police also want to speak to three men who caught a train about 8.40 pm and were overheard talking about the incident.
      • Back in London he caught a train from King's Cross to York.
      • The group stayed on that boat for several hours, then unexpectedly disembarked and caught a later boat.
      • They stayed overnight in London and the next day caught another train to Brighton for their week-long honeymoon.
      • The pair fled in a taxi to Hull, where they caught the first train to Manchester and later went to London where they were finally arrested.
      • I alighted from the train at Huddersfield and caught a bus to New Mill.
      • At the end of that week, Pip drops Herbert off to catch his ship to Cairo.
      • I slept another night and caught the train the next morning.

    • 3.2(manage to see, hear)

      there's a movie I'd like to catch hay una película que no me quiero perder
      • we'll just catch the end of the game todavía podemos pescar el final del partido
      • we could catch a movie before dinner podríamos ir al cine antes de cenar

  • 4

    (entangle, trap)
    I caught my skirt on a nail se me atoró la falda en un clavo Mexico
    • I caught my finger in the drawer me pillé el dedo en el cajón
    • I got caught in a traffic jam me cogió un atasco
    • these people are caught in a cycle of poverty esta gente está atrapada en un círculo de pobreza
  • 5

    • 5.1(attract, arrest)

      try to catch his attention trata de atraer su atención
      • the concept caught the imagination of the young el concepto estimuló la imaginación de los jóvenes

    • 5.2(apprehend)

      did you catch what she said? ¿oíste / entendiste lo que dijo?
      • I didn't catch the name no entendí / capté el nombre
      • I don't quite catch your meaning no acabo de entender / de captar lo que quieres decir
      • he caught the look in her eye le leyó la mirada
      • I caught the aroma of fresh coffee me llegó el aroma de café recién hecho

    • 5.3

      (likeness/spirit/mood) captar
      (mood/likeness/spirit) reflejar
      • It really catches the feel of Dave's work.
      • His mastery was in describing exciting events and in catching the flavor of the moment.
      • He explores the space, catches its relationship and represents it in various forms.

  • 6

    (become infected with)
    (disease) contagiarse de
    (disease) contraer formal
    he caught the disease contrajo la enfermedad formal
    • to catch a cold coger un resfriado
    • I caught (the) measles from him me contagió el sarampión
    • he's caught that habit from his girlfriend esa costumbre se le ha pegado de su novia
    • I caught his enthusiasm se me pegó su entusiasmo
    • Thomas, who regularly catches urinary infections, urgently needs surgery to expand his bladder to ensure he will not suffer kidney failure.
    • If you catch the flu, carefully monitor and control your blood sugar levels and adjust your diabetes medication as needed.
    • I thought that he had probably caught cat flu and was going to die.
    • This can help symptoms, but patients are at risk from catching pneumonia or developing an air leak where the lung is re-sealed.
    • And during a disease outbreak, a number of vaccinated people will indeed catch the disease.
    • While catching a disease from your pet is rare, certain groups of people are more likely than others are to become seriously ill from a pet.
    • At this time it is not clear if the female nurse caught the disease from the patient, or through other sources.
    • At the age of 28, she caught a tropical fever from her patients and died.
    • Her daughter then caught a fever that carried her off within twenty-four hours.
    • So far 12 students have gone down with the virus and college staff say that unless all students are vaccinated more could catch the disease.
    • People normally catch this flu from infected birds, usually chickens and ducks.
    • People frequently catch this infection as children or young adults.
    • A child with TB may have to stay in the hospital so others do not catch the infection.
    • It damages unborn babies, and may cause miscarriage if the mother catches the disease while pregnant.
    • Despite being given 34 surgical staples in his skull and catching pneumonia in hospital, Ben was taken off a ventilator one week after the accident.
    • At the time there were about one billion people in the world and about half of those caught this illness.
    • Some vaccines do not offer life-long immunity and often the disease is far more serious when caught at an older age.
    • The department also called for residents to go to hospitals once they catch a fever or feel soreness in their bones.
    • The 72-year-old, who suffers from asthma, caught pneumonia while at the hospital.
    • He caught scarlet fever when he was a young child and this affected his hearing.
  • 7

    (hit)
    he caught his head on the beam se dio en la cabeza con la viga
    • she caught him a blow on the chin le dio / pegó un golpe en la barbilla
  • 8

    (restrain)
    to catch oneself contenerse

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(grasp)

      agarrar
      coger Spain
      cachar Mexico
      here, catch! ¡toma, agarra!
      • She hurried up the steps behind him and caught at his sleeve to get his attention.
      • Gabriel caught at her hand as she wrenched open the door.
      • Abby caught at his arm, and he started to push her away, then stopped himself.
      • Automatically, his own hands rose to catch at his master's arm.
      • As he made to move off in search of new bandages, she weakly caught at his arm.

    • 1.2(bite, take hold)

      (screw/cog) agarrar
      (mechanism) engranar
      his voice caught and he was unable to carry on se le hizo un nudo en la garganta y no pudo continuar

    • 1.3(become hooked)

      engancharse
      atorarse Mexico
      pescarse Chile
      • Her dress caught under her chair.
      • Just then his pants caught on a nail that was sticking out from the roof, and the nail stopped his fall.
      • The hem of her pants caught under her shoes and she toppled toward, taking the boy with her.
      • Then the toe of your shoe catches in a crack in the sidewalk and you stumble forward, but quickly regain your balance, trying to keep you dignity intact.
      • ‘I'm sorry,’ she said, coming so hastily to her feet her heel caught in her skirt and she lurched forward.

  • 2

    (ignite)
    (fire/coal) prender
    (coal/fire) agarrar Latin America
    • She thrust the torch into the funeral bier and watched as the fire caught and spread on the dry wood.
    • The flame catches and burns the empty paper to an ash.
    • It took several tries for the tinder to catch in the damp atmosphere.
    • In horror I watched as other men surrounded the circle, all with their own torches trying to get the fire to catch.
    • Shortly a fire caught in the wick of the oil lamp and shed light through the tent.
    • The wood caught, but it burned feebly.
    • Shrugging, he threw some twigs into the fire, watching them catch and crackle.
    • The house caught and burned completely to the ground.
    • Analise poked at the embers, hoping a new fire would catch.

noun

  • 1

    • 1.1Sport

      atrapada feminine
      parada feminine
      atajada feminine Southern Cone
      • New Zealand's fielding was also awful with several misfields and dropped catches.
      • It was also an innings of great catches and easy misses.
      • Countless runs were gifted away through shoddy fielding and innumerable dropped catches.
      • It has been a long time since we have seen an Indian wicket-keeper who dives headlong for catches.
      • He was out caught to a fine catch by Hayward at mid-off just four short of his best of 73 not out.

    • 1.2(sth, sb caught)

      he's/she's a good catch es un buen partido
      • it is a prize catch for the party es una inestimable adquisición para el partido
      • If you focus on lifestyle issues, in other words, what you wear, where you live, how much of a catch your partner is, etc, you will turn the control of how you are judged over to other people.
      • Grant Delamont, the one catch that every girl dreamed of at Edamont High.
      • That disgusting brute had actually been viewed as a decent catch for a local girl because, compared to his neighbours, he lived a good life.
      • All in all he just wasn't a particularly good catch.
      • She would be a particularly impressive catch.
      • It is, in part, this ease that makes you a catch for potential partners.
      • The Shopkeeper was aware that Carl would be considered a good catch for any girl in town.

    • 1.3(of fish)

      pesca feminine
      • Winners were Paul Little and Isaac Miller with a fantastic catch, given the conditions, of 12 for 30 lb 9oz.
      • France, which lands the majority of deep sea fish, is proposing the introduction of the first ever limits on deep-sea catches.
      • Over the last 18 years trawlermen have been told to cut catches and limit days at sea, as efforts to conserve stocks have become more desperate.
      • Boats reported a great catch of fish with many boats getting a great variety of species.
      • It states that there are no quotas in force limiting catches and sustainable fishing levels need to be investigated as a matter of urgency.
      • Our local fishermen are getting reasonable catches of prawns and little fish.
      • Many of us have enjoyed the good old days of huge catches with very few limitations, but those days are long gone as times change.
      • He claimed to have evidence of widespread fraudulent reporting of fish catches, falsification of logbooks and illegal fishing in closed areas.
      • So abundant was the subsequent catch of fish that Peter and the others had to call for help just to get it all into the boats.
      • The beaches of East Anglia maybe can't produce the numbers of cod they once did, but there are still good catches taken and big fish caught.
      • Fish stocks and catches are up, and they have the bonus of jobs and diving tourism income.
      • The decline in fish catches in the Great Lake and the river below it may not yet be dramatic, but it is taking place for a variety of reasons.
      • Sometimes catches of a hundred fish a boat are not unusual on the Skerries if you are lucky enough to catch the weather and the tides happily coinciding.
      • There is still some way to go in reducing catches and fishing fleets before benefits can be felt from bigger and healthier stocks, he said.
      • Kevin Whincup also advises that a recent consignment of roach into the front pond should see catches continuing through winter.
      • Some stretches are very well stocked and if you're on fish, multiple catches are common.
      • Many stillwater fisheries continue to report good catches.
      • These good catches indicate that there are large numbers of fish passing through every day.
      • At home catches of white fish have been poor over the last couple of weeks.
      • Most of the white fish boats continuing to fish herring with catches varying from good some days to poor other days.

  • 2

    (fastening device)
    (on door) pestillo masculine
    (on door) pasador masculine Latin America
    (on window, box, necklace) cierre masculine
    • Skillfully, she unlatched the catch and opened the door, allowing Edward and James to enter.
    • Mark and Rebecca stood, and the three of them hurried over to the windows, searching for levers or catches to pull them open.
    • Many new windows come with better locks and special catches that allow you to leave a window ajar without permitting a burglar to open it far enough to climb through.
    • At present ventilation windows on carriages are secured by two catches spaced about a metre apart.
    • After cleaning myself I noticed the window catch was off.
    • The hall was empty, and he pulled his head back and closed the door, sliding the chain from the catch.
    • He tapped the bottom of the tool with his palm, and with a quick lift, the catch gave way and the burglar swung open the window.
    • Running her arms along the upper ridge of the crate, her fingers hit a catch in the wood, and immediately the door released.
    • I walked into school, went to my locker, and lifted up on the catch without spinning my combination.
    • Under the lip of the removable cushioned seat she had found a small catch, rusty enough to break two nails.
    • Chris stepped on a catch and the floor slid away, causing both Jade and Chris to tumble down into the pit.
    • An inquest held at Flax Bourton Coroner's Court in Bristol heard part of the window catch was broken, meaning it could be pushed open at any time.
    • He will return in a week or so to fit steel bolt locks to all the windows, as it seems the brass catches are next to useless.
    • There weren't any zippers, buttons or catches he could find, so it was just a matter of trial and error.
    • Tonight's little jobs will be to get a catch put on the bathroom door because it doesn't stay shut and the cats keep tossing the soap in the bath.
    • There's no catch securing the lid shut, but it's not as if notebooks suddenly flip open by themselves if they're not clasped down.
    • He smiled at her, as she undid the catch, and opened the huge wooden door.
    • He tried to close the doors, but the catch was broken and light seeped in.
    • He flicked the catch open and eased the door open a few inches.
    • The catch snapped and the window released slightly.
  • 3

    (hidden drawback)
    trampa feminine
    what's the catch? ¿cúal es la trampa / el truco?
    • I knew there'd be a catch in / to it somewhere ya sabía yo que tenía que haber gato encerrado
    • there's no catch no hay ninguna trampa / ningún truco
    • it's a Catch-22 situation es una situación sin salida
    • Just here, the beach is all yours… though there's one catch.
    • Jared was too methodical, never one to take action without looking out for the catch.
    • But if you already have a bunch of Xbox games, there is one little catch.
    • At The Bull Hotel on Tuesday, the programme makers reassured residents there were no hidden catches.
    • The catch, and there had to be one, is that taxpayers will have to pay back the full cost, with interest, over 30 years.
    • But it has a catch; not running correctly can result in painful cramps, sore muscles and maybe broken bones.
    • Then, to my horror, I discovered there was a catch: You could only use your copy of this font with a single printer!
    • The hidden catch here is that in this case, this rule was violated.
    • The girl looked up at her, too satisfied to care if there were any kind of hidden catches.
    • The project was today welcomed by teenage pregnancy support groups who said there ‘really is no catch.’
    • My eyes danced about the surface of the coupon, examining each word for hidden meaning, hidden catches, and hidden insight into life itself.
    • Before you apply for any new savings account, check the terms and conditions for any catches or restrictions.
    • The catch is that contestants here, apparently not satisfied with simply voting someone off the island, actually try to kill one another.
    • So, for the time being at least, Hurt is settled in theatre, the only catch being the 10 bananas he must eat each week in the line of duty as Krapp.
  • 4

    (in voice)
    temblor masculine
    with a catch in her voice con la voz entrecortada / temblorosa
    • Karen told them in a scolding tone, but there was a catch in her voice.
    • She frowned slightly, but she had caught the catch in his voice and understood that this was not an issue she should press.
    • Her father had told her, often with a catch in his voice, that her mother had died giving her birth.
    • The catch in her voice made him feel even worse for having to explain it again.
    • ‘Gareth says it's nearly time for you to leave,’ she said with a catch in her voice.
    • The doctor even had a catch in the last word he spoke, and then he'd stopped speaking as Aaron saw the lump form in his throat.
    • Sinjun didn't fail to notice the slight catch in her voice.
    • Her response was simple, but he heard the catch of her voice.
    • Sherringham sounded only slightly winded, though there was a catch to his voice.
    • But Jay heard the catch in her voice, and pulled away, searching her face.
    • There was a little catch in Brian's voice when he responded after a long silence.
    • He praised the boat and his crew, a tiny catch in his voice when he spoke of her ending her naval life in the boat shed in Cairns.
    • At other times, he gives his voice just the right catch to sell a subtle moment.
    • ‘You can wake me up now,’ she said with a slight catch in her voice.
    • There was a catch in her voice, and Eric saw that she was fighting to keep from crying.
    • Despite his attempt at nonchalance, Jason noticed the catch in his voice immediately.
    • There was a catch in Alex's voice as he crushed Vivienne to him.