catch on Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"catch on" in British English

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catch on

phrasal verb with catch uk   us   /kætʃ/ verb (caught, caught)

catch on (BECOME POPULAR)

C1 to ​becomefashionable or ​popular: I ​wonder if the ​game will ​evercatch on with ​youngpeople?

catch on (UNDERSTAND)

C2 informal to ​understand, ​especially after a ​longtime: He doesn't take ​hints very ​easily, but he'll ​catch on (to what you're saying) ​eventually.
(Definition of catch on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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/ )

catch on (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/ )

catch on (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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