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English verb: latch on

1. latch on (contact) take hold of or attach to


SamplesThe biochip latches onto the genes.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)grasp, hold on

2. latch on (cognition) adopt


SamplesTake up new ideas.


Synonymsfasten on, hook on, seize on, take up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up

3. latch on (cognition) understand, usually after some initial difficulty


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


Synonymscatch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, tumble, twig


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


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









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