Is it possible to say

  1. Did you catch the meaning?
  2. Did you catch what I'm trying to say?

In order to express/ask if somebody understand something.

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    I'm pretty sure it's used as did you get the meaning?
    – Schwale
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 19:10

1 Answer 1


The answer is Yes: In this usage, "catch" is synonymous with "comprehend."

However, in everyday speech, a native speaker would be more likely to phrase it as:

Did you catch my meaning?

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    True, although I might use "Did you catch the meaning?" in the case where we both had just listened to the same speech, joke, remark, or monolog (or maybe, "Did you catch her meaning?").
    – J.R.
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 21:51
  • @J.R. I was less than clear. I meant that the specific thought "Did you catch what i'm trying to say?" would be phrased with "my meaning." I ought to edit it, I suppose... Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 23:41

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