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English definition of “catch on”

catch on

(BECOME POPULAR) phrasal verb with catch     /kætʃ/ verb (caught, caught)
C1 to become fashionable or popular: I wonder if the game will ever catch on with young people?Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of catch on (BECOME POPULAR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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