catch on

catch on(
kehch
 
an
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to understand)
a. entender
I finally caught on to what they were doing, and it isn't good.Por fin entendí lo que están haciendo y no es nada bueno.
b. comprender
Explain it to me one more time. Maybe I'll catch on if you draw pictures.Explícamelo una vez más, a lo mejor lo comprendo si haces dibujos.
c. darse cuenta
Everyone finally caught on to what his true intentions were when it was too late.Todo el mundo finalmente se dio cuenta de cuáles eran sus verdaderas intenciones cuando era demasiado tarde.
d. caer
Gloria finally caught on that Manuel was secretly stealing from her.Gloria finalmente cayó en que Manuel le estaba robando en secreto.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to become popular)
a. ponerse de moda
Can you believe that silly song actually caught on?¿Puedes creer que esa canción tonta de veras se puso de moda?
b. cuajar
His campaign slogan caught on so much that it's being used in other countries.Su consigna de campaña cuajó tanto que se está usando en otros países.
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catch on
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (fashion)
a. cuajar
2. (colloquial)
a. darse cuenta (understand)
b. enterarse
catch on
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (become popular) cuajar; tener éxito
it never really caught on no logró establecerse de verdad
2 (understand) caer en la cuenta; (get the knack) coger el truco
to catch on to comprender
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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