cotton on

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cotton on

informal
:to begin to understand something :to catch on
  • It took a while, but they are finally starting to cotton on.
often + to
  • She cottoned on to the fact that I like her.

Word by Word Definitions

cotton play
  1. : a soft usually white fibrous substance composed of the hairs surrounding the seeds of various erect freely branching tropical plants (genus Gossypium) of the mallow family

  2. : a plant producing cotton

  3. : a crop of cotton

  1. : to take a liking

  2. : to come to understand


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