Meaning

Primary

To Catch Up With

Alternatives

To Overtake, To Keep Up With

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

To follow then attach yourself to the whoever you're following is to catch up with someone.

Reading

おいつく
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The readings are the ones you learned with the kanji, but you can also just notice that this word includes 追う and 付く combined.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 〜に追い付く

Common Word Combinations

  • 日本に追い付く
    to catch up to Japan
    同点に追い付く
    to catch up to tie the score, to equalize the score
    中国に追い付く
    to catch up to China

Context Sentences

前日にシアトルまでと歩で出発したコウイチに車で五分もかからず追い付きました。

We took a car and less than five minutes later we overtook Koichi who had departed for Seattle on foot on the previous day.

100メートル走でクリステンに追い付くことができたらオリンピックに出られるよ。

If you can catch up with Kristen in the hundred meter dash, you can compete in the Olympics.

トーフグの塗り絵は人気すぎて、生産が需要に追い付かなかった。

Tofugu’s coloring book was so popular that production couldn’t keep up with demand.

Kanji Composition