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1[predicative] (of a disease) infectious:‘chicken pox is catching until scabs form on all the blisters’
infectious, contagious, communicable, transmittable, transmissible, transferable, spreadinginfectiveView synonyms
- ‘Billy's zest for life and sense of fun is catching.’
- ‘The patient may be afraid that their partner will think that it is catching.’
- ‘I am sure you have been in a situation when someone laughed, and it just seemed as though the laughter was catching.’
- ‘It brings to mind a contagious catching ailment.’
- ‘The disease is catching and will spread to other trees.’
- 1.1 (of a person's emotion or mood) likely to spread to other people:‘her enthusiasm is catching’
- ‘Habits such as smoking and, indeed, overeating were also found to be catching.’
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