Definition of catching in English:



  • 1[predicative] (of a disease) infectious.

    ‘Huntington's chorea isn't catching’
    • ‘It brings to mind a contagious catching ailment.’
    • ‘The patient may be afraid that their partner will think that it is catching.’
    • ‘The disease is catching and will spread to other trees.’
    • ‘I am sure you have been in a situation when someone laughed, and it just seemed as though the laughter was catching.’
    • ‘Billy's zest for life and sense of fun is catching.’
    infectious, contagious, communicable, transmittable, transmissible, transferable, spreading
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    1. 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.’