cat

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'cat', 'CAT': /ˈkæt/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/kæt/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kat)

Inflections of 'cat' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
cats
v 3rd person singular
catting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
catted
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
catted
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
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cat

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
n
  1. a [white, calico, Maine Coon, jungle, African] cat
  2. [a stray, a feral, an alley, a domestic] cat
  3. (is) the [largest, fastest] of the big cats
  4. the [jaguar, panther] is a big cat
  5. saw a black cat
  6. take your cat to the vet
  7. [pet, feed, pick up] the cat
  8. let the cat [out, in]
  9. the cat meowed for [food, attention]
  10. the cat [scratched, meowed, hissed] at
  11. the cat [meowed, hissed]
  12. was [scratched, bitten] by a cat
  13. can we get a cat?
  14. want (to get) a cat
  15. did you (remember to) feed the cat?
  16. the cat was [cleaning, preening, licking] itself
  17. like a cat in heat
  18. who let the cat out of the bag?
  19. curiosity killed the cat
  20. is the cat's meow
  21. is a cat's paw for
  22. he's such a [cool, scaredy] cat!
  23. slang: [cool, underground, great] jazz cats
  24. UK: cat's eyes in the road
n as adj
  1. cat [toys, treats, litter, food]
  2. a cat [bed, tree, flap, door]
  3. play cat's cradle
  4. a cat's eye marble
  5. slang: a crazy cat lady
  6. [big, domestic] cat species
  7. is a cat burglar
v
  1. cat around all day
  2. cat around with the [women, ladies, girls]
  3. catting with other [women]
  4. obscure: cat the anchor
'cat' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
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