catch on

Definition: to understand something, often after a delay.
(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)
E.g.1: He’s not the brightest student in the class – it takes him rather a long time to catch on.
E.g.2: The teacher didn’t realise that his class were playing a trick on him by not answering any questions, but he caught on when they started giggling.
This phrasal verb can’t be separated.

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