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  • v. To begin to understand; to realize.
  • v. To become popular; to become commonplace; to become the standard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. understand, usually after some initial difficulty
  • v. become popular


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  • So we propped open the doors, but though she would fly up and sit on the door-sill, she didn't catch on that it was a way out.

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  • It would not catch on ceilings or doorjambs, and yet it too had almost the same power as katana.

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  • Chameleon-stupid would not catch on until too late; that nadir of intelligence worked against him as well as for him.

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  • At the awful juncture referred to, when vainly essaying to catch on to the connection in the manuscript, and when being guyed unmercifully by some three or four hundred new-made friends, scarcely a dozen of whom were known by sight, it became evident that a crisis was imminent and a change of base essential.

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  • He forced himself to look at the linenfold panelling on the walls, to examine the catch on the windows, to stare with intent interest at the Thames rolling by, its surface covered with small boats and its banks lined with people fishing.

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  • May we catch on to the blessings in the center of our “dismayals.”

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  • “You and Kangaroo will catch on like wax, as far as ideas go,” Jack prognosticated.


  • They considered, and concluded that Karia should not carry Cube to Castle Roogna, because the royal folk there were all Magicians or Sorceresses and would be too apt to catch on that she had a secret mission if she traveled that way.

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  • A grapnel soared high over the Espiritu Santo's bows to fall and catch on the beakhead.

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