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English verb: catch on

1. catch on (cognition) understand, usually after some initial difficulty

SamplesShe didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on.

Synonymscotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, tumble, twig

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)apprehend, compass, comprehend, dig, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy

2. catch on (change) become popular

SamplesThis fashion caught on in Paris.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)change

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