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verb cotton pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒt(ə)n/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecottoning
past tensecottoned
past participlecottoned
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phrasal verbs

cotton on

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycotton on
he/she/itcottons on
present participlecottoning on
past tensecottoned on
past participlecottoned on
to begin to realize or understand something
Suddenly I cottoned on – 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

Word Forms
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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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