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catch on

phrasal verb with catch  us   /kætʃ, ketʃ/ verb (past tense and past participle caught  /kɔt/ )
  • (BECOME POPULAR)

to ​becomefashionable or ​popular: Why did the ​electronicgadget catch on so ​fast?

catch on

phrasal verb with catch  us   /kætʃ, ketʃ/ verb (past tense and past participle caught  /kɔt/ )
  • (UNDERSTAND)

to ​understand: We were ​teasingJim, but he was ​slow to catch on that we were ​joking.
(Definition of catch on from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"catch on" in Business English

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catch on

phrasal verb with catch uk   us   /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 understand something: Younger ​peoplecatch on ​right away. It is older ​people that need to be convinced.catch on to sth They are slowly catching on to the fact that this decision has made them very unpopular.
(Definition of catch on from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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