Definition of catch up with in English:

catch up with

phrasal verb

  • 1Succeed in reaching a person who is ahead of one.

    ‘you go with Stasia and Katie, and I'll catch up with you’
    • ‘He started peddling faster, and within seconds caught up with her, and passed her.’
    • ‘She managed to catch up with him and grab the bike, then began calling out for help.’
    • ‘The twins had caught up with their younger sister, and both of them began to speak at once.’
    • ‘They had actually reached the car when he caught up with them.’
    • ‘He flashed a smile when Matt caught up with him and began walking again.’
    • ‘I felt myself begin to quicken my pace to catch up with my boyfriend.’
    • ‘There were policemen running after him, but it was clear just by the photo that they had no chance of catching up with them.’
    • ‘As I began to catch up with him I shouted to a passer by to help me stop him, which he did.’
    • ‘So I started to cycle as fast as I could and soon began to catch up with the other cyclists.’
    • ‘I shook my head slightly at those thoughts and jogged a little faster, catching up with Matt and Liz ahead.’
  • 2Talk to (someone) whom one has not seen for some time in order to find out what they have been doing.

    ‘it's a chance to catch up with old friends’
    • ‘Pat said the evening was a chance to catch up with old friends and was thoroughly enjoyable.’
    • ‘Like all these things, it was a good chance to catch up with old friends!’
    • ‘Last month I had a chance to catch up with Matt and discuss the book.’
    • ‘Two female former schoolmates whom I caught up with two weeks ago also found themselves single recently.’
    • ‘Still, it was great to catch up with so many old friends and workmates.’
    • ‘Communal meals in the dining hall allow you a chance to catch up with friends and make new ones.’
    • ‘I must admit I was mostly pleased to not be at work and to have the chance to catch up with a few people.’
    • ‘After breakfast I went into our Canberra office and caught up with some old colleagues which was strangely reassuring.’
    • ‘It was great having a chance to catch up with you over lunch today.’
    • ‘It was great to get the chance to catch up with each other.’
  • 3Begin to have a damaging effect on.

    ‘the physical exertions began to catch up with Sue’
    • ‘All these days and nights without sleep were beginning to catch up with him.’
    • ‘As my body began to warm up and relax, exhaustion caught up with me and I drifted in and out of a feverish half-sleep.’
    • ‘My patient's unhealthy lifestyle began to catch up with him peripheral vascular disease, a stroke, and then angina.’
    • ‘She tried to keep her eyes open but the sleepless day was beginning to catch up with her.’
    • ‘As time passes and the booze catches up with her, she dozes off.’
    • ‘Vinnie Roe is a wonderfully brave horse but old age is catching up with him.’
    • ‘They began sparring again, but Kristy soon found that her lack of proper amounts of sleep was beginning to catch up with her.’
    • ‘Eventually his legion of injuries began to catch up with him.’
    • ‘The cracks in their marriage begin to show when Tom's sinister past catches up with him and the pair set off an escalating spiral of suspicion, greed and betrayal.’
    • ‘They were forced to move out of their home, in the upmarket Morningside area of Edinburgh, and into care when old age caught up with them.’