Gotcha = I understand you; I got your meaning

In English, we often use the slang word gotcha to show that we got someone’s meaning, it is a common way of communicating when you understand someone’s idea.

Gotcha comes from “got you” = I got you; I get it, where “get” is used as a synonym of understanding

Read the dialogue below and take the quiz to test your understanding.

  • Steve: I didn’t understand your directions. Did you say that you live in the zoo?
  • Alice: Oh, that would be funny. No, I live next to the zoo.
  • Steve: Gotcha! Ok, that makes more sense. Thanks for explaining.