catch up
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catch up(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to draw level)
a. alcanzar
She was going too fast. I couldn't catch up.Iba demasiado rápido. No la pude alcanzar.
2. (to get up to date)
a. ponerse al día
I've missed too many classes. I'll never catch up now.Me perdí demasiadas clases. Ya nunca me pondré al día.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
3. (to get up to date; used with "on")
a. poner al tanto de
Can you catch me up on what I missed while I was on the phone?¿Me pones al tanto de lo que me perdí mientras hablaba por teléfono?
4. (to draw level with) (United Kingdom)
a. alcanzar
They left before us but we soon caught them up.Ellos salieron antes que nosotros pero pronto los alcanzamos.
5. (to entangle)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He found himself caught up in a major row.Se vio envuelto en una disputa de gran envergadura.
My pant leg got caught up in the spokes of the wheel.La pierna del pantalón quedó enganchada en los rayos de la rueda.
6. (to become on a par; used with "with")
a. alcanzar
Wow he's a fast runner! I couldn't catch up with him!¡Vaya que corre rápido!¡No lo pude alcanzar!
b. ponerse al nivel de
With so many missed classes, I'll have to work hard to catch up with the rest of the students.Con tantas clases que perdí, voy a tener que trabajar mucho para ponerme al nivel de los demás alumnos.
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catch up
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (close gap, get closer)
a.
to c up with somebodyalcanzar a alguien
to c up with one's workponerse al día en el trabajo
his past has caught up with himha salido a relucir su pasado
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2. (general)
a.
to c somebody upalcanzar a alguien
to get caught up in somethingverse envuelto(a) or enredarse en algo
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catch up
transitive verb
1
to catch sb up (walking, working etc) alcanzar a algn
2 (enmesh)
we were caught up in the traffic nos vimos bloqueados por el tráfico; a society caught up in change una sociedad afectada por cambios; to be caught up in the excitement participar de la emoción
Vicky allowed herself to be caught up in the excitement shared by Michael and Adam as the departure date arrived
3 (grab) [+weapon, pen etc] recoger; agarrar
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
to catch up (on or with one's work) ponerse al día (en el trabajo); to catch up on one's sleep recuperar el sueño atrasado; to catch up with [+person] alcanzar; [+news etc] ponerse al corriente de; the police finally caught up with him in Vienna al final la policía dio con él or lo localizó en Viena; the truth has finally caught up with him ya no le queda más remedio que enfrentarse a la verdad
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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