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From Proto-Slavic *lapati.


  • IPA(key): /ˈwa.pat͡ɕ/
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  • Hyphenation: ła‧pać
  • Rhymes: -apat͡ɕ


łapać impf (perfective złapać)

  1. (transitive) to catch (intercept something that was thrown)
  2. (transitive) to capture, to trap, to snare
    Pająk łapie muchy.A spider captures flies.
  3. (transitive) to catch (e.g. a bus, a train)
  4. (transitive, colloquial) to get, to understand
  5. (transitive, colloquial) to catch, to contract (e.g. a disease)
  6. (transitive, colloquial) to grab (e.g. an opportunity), to seize, to make the most of
  7. (reflexive) to catch oneself, to catch one another
  8. (reflexive) to steady oneself, to grab hold [+genitive = of something]
  9. (reflexive) to catch oneself (realise one is doing something) [+ na (locative) = something]
  10. (reflexive, of insects) to be caught


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  • łapać in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • łapać in Polish dictionaries at PWN