cotton - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/ˈkɒt(ə)n/
present tense
I/you/we/theycotton
he/she/itcottons
present participlecottoning
past tensecottoned
past participlecottoned

phrasal verbs

cotton on

[intransitive]
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 – 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]
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.