catch up

catch up
1. reach the point where one should be after a delay (Freq. 2)

I caught up on my homework

Hypernyms: ↑reach, ↑make, ↑attain, ↑hit, ↑arrive at, ↑gain
Hyponyms: ↑come back
Entailment: ↑follow
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s


Somebody ——s PP

2. learn belatedly; find out about something after it happened

I'm trying to catch up with the latest developments in molecular biology

Hypernyms: ↑learn, ↑larn, ↑acquire
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s

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succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one

O'Hara caught up with Stella at the bottom of the hill

do work or other tasks that one should have done earlier

he normally used the afternoons to catch up on paperwork

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catch up [phrasal verb]
1 : to move fast enough to join someone or something that is in front of you

They went so fast we couldn't catch up.

— often + with or to

Slow down so that I can catch up with you.

She ran as fast as she could, but she couldn't catch up with her brother. = (US) She couldn't catch up to him.

— often used figuratively

In order to catch up with its competitors in the industry, the company will need to start using more advanced technologies.

She missed several months of school and may never catch up with the other children in her class. = (US) She may never catch up to them.

2 : to learn about recent events

We haven't seen each other in such a long time; we've got lots of catching up to do!

catching up with old friends

— often + on

He reads the newspaper on Sunday mornings to catch up on the news.

3 catch up on (something) : to do (something) that you could have done earlier

She has to catch up on her homework.

I hope to catch up on some much-needed sleep this weekend.

4 catch (someone) up Brit : to join someone who is ahead of you

He was ahead of me for most of the race, but I caught him up [=I caught up with him] at the end.

Go on ahead: I'll catch you up later.

5 catch up with (someone)
5 a : to begin to affect (someone) usually in a bad way

All those late nights are really starting to catch up with me!

Old age catches up with everyone in the end.

5 b : to find and arrest (someone)

The police eventually caught up with him in Texas.

5 c informal : to meet with (someone)

I've got to go. I'll catch up with you later.

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Main Entry:catch

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ˌcatch ˈup (with sb) derived
(BrE also ˌcatch sb ˈup)
1. to reach sb who is ahead by going faster

Go on ahead. I'll catch up with you.

I'll catch you up.

2. to reach the same level or standard as sb who was better or more advanced

After missing a term through illness he had to work hard to catch up with the others.

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