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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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