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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycatch on
he/she/itcatches on
present participlecatching on
past tensecaught on
past participlecaught on
  1. 1
    to become popular or fashionable
    Sports drinks have caught on as consumers have become more health-conscious.
    catch on with: Cruise control initially was thought of as a luxury item, but slowly caught on with car buyers at other levels.
  2. 2
    to understand
    He didn’t catch on at first.
    catch on to: Then I caught on to what it was the guy was saying.
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