Meaning of “catch on” in the English Dictionary

"catch on" in American English

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catch on

phrasal verb with catch us /kætʃ, ketʃ/ verb past tense and past participle caught /kɔt/

(BECOME POPULAR)

to become fashionable or popular:

Why did the electronic gadget 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 teasing Jim, 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 /kætʃ/ us 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 people catch 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)