verb (intr, preposition) US and Canadian informal
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Words nearby cotton to
Cultural definitions for cotton to
To take a liking to someone or something: “I was afraid Janet wouldn't like my brother, but she cottoned to him immediately.”
Idioms and Phrases with cotton to
Take a liking to, get along with, as in This dog doesn't cotton to strangers. Although this verbal phrase comes from the noun for the fabric, the semantic connection between these parts of speech is unclear. [Early 1800s]
Also, cotton on to. Come to understand, grasp, as in She didn't really cotton on to what I was saying. [Colloquial; early 1900s]