catch on
intransitive verb Date: circa 1878 1. to become aware ; learn; also understand <
didn't catch on to what was going on
>
2. to become popular <
this idea has already caught on
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • catch on — v. 1) (D; intr.) to catch on to ( to comprehend ) (he caught on to what I said immediately) 2) (D; intr.) ( to become popular ) to catch on with (to catch on with the public) * * * [ kætʃ ɒn] (D; intr.) to catch on to (he caught on to what I said …   Combinatory dictionary

  • catch on — UK US catch on Phrasal Verb with catch({{}}/kætʃ/ verb [T] (caught, caught) ► to become popular: »He invented a type of virtual reality helmet, but it never caught on. »Online trading has been slow to catch on in this part of the country. ► to… …   Financial and business terms

  • catch on — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms catch on : present tense I/you/we/they catch on he/she/it catches on present participle catching on past tense caught on past participle caught on 1) to become popular or fashionable Sports drinks have… …   English dictionary

  • catch on — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you catch on to something, you understand it, or realize that it is happening. [V P to n] He got what he could out of me before I caught on to the kind of person he d turned into... [V P] Wait a minute! I m beginning to catch… …   English dictionary

  • catch on — I v To understand a tricky concept. Sam calls the ranch he gave his sons the Focus Ranch because it is where the son s raise meat.Catch on? 1880s II v To be picked up by a lot of people. My record was played on several radio station but it didn… …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • catch on — I. learn how to do, learn the ropes    We need trainees who catch on quickly people who learn fast. II. get work, get a job, hire on    Maybe you can catch on with a survey crew for the summer …   English idioms

  • catch on — Synonyms and related words: absorb, appreciate, apprehend, ascertain, assimilate, be blooded, be hep to, be on to, be successful, be wise to, be with one, become popular, become the rage, catch, catch on to, click, come off, comprehend, conceive …   Moby Thesaurus

  • catch on — 1) understand, learn about It was difficult to catch on at first but finally I was able to understand the math problem. 2) become popular Recently ballroom dancing has begun to catch on among many people …   Idioms and examples

  • catch on — {v.}, {informal} 1. To understand; learn about. Often used with to . * /You ll catch on to the job after you ve been here awhile./ * /Don t play any tricks on Joe. When he catches on, he will beat you./ 2. To become popular; be done or used by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch on — {v.}, {informal} 1. To understand; learn about. Often used with to . * /You ll catch on to the job after you ve been here awhile./ * /Don t play any tricks on Joe. When he catches on, he will beat you./ 2. To become popular; be done or used by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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