Latch on – English Phrasal Verb – Online Enlgish Lessons

To latch on is to understand or realize something, often after a long time.

Informal Australian and British English.

A latch (noun) is a fastener for a gate, door or window.

latch (verb) is to fasten something (for example a door or gate) with a latch.

Examples of use:

1. It took us a few minutes to latch on to what she was talking about.

2. It took me weeks to latch on that he was lying to me.

3. He eventually latched on that she was only interested in his money.

latch on
present simple
latch on and latches on
-ing form
latching on
past simple
latched on
past participle
latched on

Can you use latch on in a sentence?

Have you latched on to something recently?

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