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catch vb. (“caught” occurs 31 times, “catched” 4 times; the senses ‘overtake, come up with’ (Tp. V. i. 315, MND. II. i. 233, R3 II. ii. 44), ‘apprehend by the senses or intellect’ (LLL. II. i. 70, Ant. I. ii. 149, Sonn. cxiii. 8), ‘apprehend so as to adopt or appropriate’ (Mac. I. v. 19), and ‘catch a cold’ (Gent. I. ii. 133) are recorded first from S.; there are many other uses; the foll. are occas.)
1. to attain, get possession of 3H6 III. ii. 179 “I . . . Torment myself to catch the English crown,” Mac. I. vii. 3 “if the assassination Could . . . catch With his surcease success,” Sonn. cxliii. 11; absol. John I. i. 173 “have is have, however men do catch.”
2. fig. of contracting a disease MND. I. i. 189 “My tongue should catch your tongue's sweet melody.”
3. “catch the air”*, (?) gasp for breath 2H6 III. ii. 371.
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    • William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.5
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.7
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxiii
    • William Shakespeare, Sonnets, cxliii
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