1) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If an illness or a disease is catching, it is easily passed on or given to someone else. [INFORMAL]

There are those who think eczema is catching.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If a feeling or emotion is catching, it has a strong influence on other people and spreads quickly, for example through a crowd.

Enthusiasm is very catching.


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  • Catching — Catch ing a. 1. Infectious; contagious. [1913 Webster] 2. Captivating; alluring. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catching — index attractive, contagious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • catching — contagious, *infectious, communicable …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • catching — [adj] contagious (disease) communicable, dangerous, endemic, epidemic, epizootic, infectious, infective, miasmatic, pandemic, pestiferous, pestilential, taking, transferable, transmittable; concept 314 Ant. uncontagious …   New thesaurus

  • catching — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ (of a disease) infectious …   English terms dictionary

  • catching — [kech′iŋ] adj. 1. contagious; infectious 2. attractive …   English World dictionary

  • catching — catchingly, adv. catchingness, n. /kach ing/, adj. 1. tending to be transmitted from one person to another; contagious or infectious: a disease that is catching; His enthusiasm is catching. 2. attractive; fascinating; captivating; alluring: a… …   Universalium

  • catching — catch|ing [ˈkætʃıŋ] adj [not before noun] 1.) an illness that is catching is easily passed to other people = ↑infectious 2.) an emotion or feeling that is catching spreads quickly among people ▪ Julia s enthusiasm was catching …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • catching — adjective (not before noun) informal 1 a disease or illness that is catching is infectious: Well, I hope it s not catching. 2 an emotion or feeling that is catching spreads quickly among people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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