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verb cotton pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑt(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycotton
he/she/itcottons
present participlecottoning
past tensecottoned
past participlecottoned
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phrasal verbs

cotton on

[intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycotton on
he/she/itcottons on
present participlecottoning on
past tensecottoned on
past participlecottoned on
informal
to begin to realize or understand something

Suddenly I cottoned on that she’d been lying from the start.

cotton on to:

It took him a while to cotton on to what I was saying.

cotton to

[transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theycotton to
he/she/itcottons to
present participlecottoning to
past tensecottoned to
past participlecottoned to
American informal
cotton to someone/something to begin to like someone or something

I didn’t cotton to him at first.

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