“Catch up with”: phrasal verb meaning.

Catch up with
If you are behind someone else and you “catch up with” him/her you reach his/her level. For example when you are running and you are slower than the other person, you have to run faster to be at that person’s level = to catch up with him/her.

Other examples of “catch up with” phrasal verb in a sentence

  • He didn’t go to school for 2 weeks so he will have to catch up with the other students.
  • This company has to be very innovative if it wants to catch up with the big competitors.
  • Go and catch up with the other kids playing on the playground.

“Catch up with”: use in context explanation

The couple are jogging (running). As usual, the woman gets distracted by something. This time it’s a banner saying that there’s a clothes shop with sales near. She doesn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to buy something cheap so she tells her hudband that he should keep running and she will catch up with him later because she has to do something urgent now.