What does latch on mean?

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latch on

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. latch onverb

    take hold of or attach to

    "The biochip latches onto the genes"

  2. take up, latch on, fasten on, hook on, seize onverb


    "take up new ideas"

  3. catch on, get wise, get onto, tumble, latch on, cotton on, twig, get itverb

    understand, usually after some initial difficulty

    "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"


  1. latch onverb

    To grasp firmly; to become attached to.


  1. latch on

    Latch on generally refers to the act of tightly securing, connecting, or attaching oneself or something to another object or concept. It can also mean to quickly comprehend or understand a new idea or information. The term is commonly used in various contexts such as in breastfeeding where a baby "latches on" to its mother's nipple, or in ideas where a person "latches on" to a certain concept.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of latch on in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of latch on in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of latch on in a Sentence

  1. Todd Bailey:

    We're all from Vermont and we've all voted for Bernie a number of times, and he's a little bit quirky. People really latch on to the combination of his personality as well as what he stands for.

  2. Rand Paul:

    I have been one of the leading proponents saying that any agreement that we come to with Iran has to come back and be voted on by Congress, i think that people are desperate somehow to latch on to the status quo and so they put out falsehoods.

  3. Duane Engebretson:

    Alyssa Alyssa and her parents felt that if [ Mayo ] got their hands on Alyssa Alyssa, they would latch on and Alyssa Alyssa and her parents wouldn't get Alyssa Alyssa back again.

  4. Martin King:

    It's another incident that anti-pipeline types and environmentalists... will latch on to say this stuff is dangerous.

  5. Brother Colm O'Connell:

    That's when (Kenya) started to latch on to the idea that this needs to be tackled, she was the first real elite athlete to set people back on their heels.


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