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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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