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CATCH ON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does catch on mean? 

CATCH ON (verb)
  The verb CATCH ON has 2 senses:

1. understand, usually after some initial difficulty
2. become popular

  Familiarity information: CATCH ON used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CATCH ON (verb)


Sense 1catch on [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Understand, usually after some initial difficulty

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

catch on; cotton on; get it; get onto; get wise; twig; latch on; tumble

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "catch on" is one way to...):

apprehend; compass; comprehend; dig; get the picture; grasp; grok; savvy (get the meaning of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2catch on [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become popular

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

This fashion caught on in Paris

Hypernyms (to "catch on" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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