Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb latch_on

3 senses of latch on

Sense 1
latch on -- (take hold of or attach to; "The biochip latches onto the genes")
       => grasp, hold on -- (hold firmly)

Sense 2
take up, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize on -- (adopt; "take up new ideas")
       => espouse, embrace, adopt, sweep up -- (take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholicism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith")

Sense 3
catch on, get wise, get onto, tumble, latch on, cotton on, twig, get it -- (understand, usually after some initial difficulty; "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on")
       => grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehend -- (get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?")

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