- to come to a full understanding of; grasp or realize: Once you cotton on to this principle, you see examples of it everywhere. Eventually both sets of parents cottoned on to the fact that the kids were lying about “studying” together.
- to become fond of; begin to like: I cottoned to the new girl right away when I saw she knew how to muck out a stall.
- to approve of; agree with: Some organic gardeners freeze the insects in a container and then put them out for the birds, but your kids may not cotton to this idea.
Origin of cotton
OTHER WORDS FROM cottonhalf-cot·ton, adjectivesem·i·cot·ton, nounun·cot·toned, adjective
Words nearby cotton
Other definitions for cotton (2 of 2)
How to use cotton in a sentence
As this basket is woven out of cotton, it can be folded and even carefully ironed if needed.Attractive laundry hampers that make your dirty clothes look a little better|PopSci Commerce Team|September 16, 2020|Popular-Science
The team swabbed a roll of clean cotton under each volunteer’s arm for one minute.Viral scents? Dogs sniff out coronavirus in human sweat|Sharon Oosthoek|August 19, 2020|Science News For Students
As far back as 1993, people were talking about adding color genes to cotton.Scientists Gene-Hack Cotton Plants to Make Them Every Color of the Rainbow|Jason Dorrier|August 11, 2020|Singularity Hub
In the next few months, the team, led by senior research scientist, Colleen MacMillan, will coax the tissue into full-grown cotton plants.Scientists Gene-Hack Cotton Plants to Make Them Every Color of the Rainbow|Jason Dorrier|August 11, 2020|Singularity Hub
A cotton mask with a cotton batting filter, for example, initially filtered out roughly 33 percent of the salt particles.Science offers recipes for homemade coronavirus masks|Kathiann Kowalski|May 14, 2020|Science News For Students
Tom Cotton credits Harvard as the place where he “discovered political philosophy as a way of life.”Harvard’s Conservative Cabal Takes Congress|Patricia Murphy|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With a pop of color and fun print, this cotton pair is not at all stuffy.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
May we suggest Friendly Fox, a crotched animal made from 100-percent cotton.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Blue Ivy in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For instance, in Arkansas, a projected 57 percent of voters backed Republican Tom Cotton for the Senate.How’d the GOP Win? By Running Left|Sally Kohn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In his victory speech Tuesday night, Cotton declared, “The people of Arkansas have made their choice.”In Arkansas, The House That Bubba Built Crumbles|Patricia Murphy|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This would in any event have depressed prices of cotton, even under ordinary conditions.
Cotton exchanges reopened on November 16, and stock exchanges opened for restricted trading shortly thereafter.
When in the city they wore a rough felt conical hat and dark blue cotton robe.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
There was no finery in her wardrobe, a few neat cotton gowns for summer wear, and homespun for the winter—that was all.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
He's very tall an' gran', an' w'ars fine close, an' han's is white as a cotton bat, but his eyes doan set right in his head.The Cromptons|Mary J. Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for cotton (1 of 2)
- a cloth or thread made from cotton fibres
- (as modifier)a cotton dress