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- to grasp, seize
- to take root, become established
1919, Boris Sidis, The Source and Aim of Human Progress:
- Then the highly virulent mental germs skillfully inoculated took a hold in the subconscious mind of European humanity; the disease developed rapidly, spread like wild fire, and raged unabated throughout the width and length of the central empires.