catching

catching
catch|ing [ˈkætʃıŋ] adj [not before noun]
1.) an illness that is catching is easily passed to other people
2.) an emotion or feeling that is catching spreads quickly among people
Julia's enthusiasm was catching.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Catching — Catch ing, n. The act of seizing or taking hold of. [1913 Webster] {Catching bargain} (Law), a bargain made with an heir expectant for the purchase of his expectancy at an inadequate price. Bouvier. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catching — Catch ing a. 1. Infectious; contagious. [1913 Webster] 2. Captivating; alluring. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catching — index attractive, contagious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • catching — contagious, *infectious, communicable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • catching — [adj] contagious (disease) communicable, dangerous, endemic, epidemic, epizootic, infectious, infective, miasmatic, pandemic, pestiferous, pestilential, taking, transferable, transmittable; concept 314 Ant. uncontagious …   New thesaurus

  • catching — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ (of a disease) infectious …   English terms dictionary

  • catching — [kech′iŋ] adj. 1. contagious; infectious 2. attractive …   English World dictionary

  • catching — [[t]kæ̱tʃɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ If an illness or a disease is catching, it is easily passed on or given to someone else. [INFORMAL] There are those who think eczema is catching. Syn: infectious 2) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ If a feeling or …   English dictionary

  • catching — catchingly, adv. catchingness, n. /kach ing/, adj. 1. tending to be transmitted from one person to another; contagious or infectious: a disease that is catching; His enthusiasm is catching. 2. attractive; fascinating; captivating; alluring: a… …   Universalium

  • catching — adjective (not before noun) informal 1 a disease or illness that is catching is infectious: Well, I hope it s not catching. 2 an emotion or feeling that is catching spreads quickly among people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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