- Homophone: catchup
- (transitive) To pick up suddenly.
- (transitive) To entangle.
- The speaker wires have got caught up with the wires from the lights.
- (intransitive) To be brought up to date with news.
- I hadn't seen her for so long. It was great to catch up.
- (transitive) To bring someone else up to date with the news.
- After Alice's vacation, her boss caught her up on policy changes.
- (intransitive) To reach something that had been ahead
- Rose was three seconds behind, but managed to catch up with the race leader and eventually won.
- (intransitive) To compensate for or make up a deficiency.
- (intransitive) To get news
- (intransitive) To finally reach something inevitable.
2012 June 17, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Homer’s Triple Bypass” (season 4, episode 11; originally aired 12/17/1992)”, The Onion AV Club:
- The episode begins with a lifetime of junk food, beer and no exercise catching up with Homer in the form of painful heart contractions.
reach a point
find out after the event
- An act of catching up or attempting to catch up.
- An amount, a thing, or a receipt or repetition of information that enables one to catch up.