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couch

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verb \ˈkau̇ch\

Simple Definition of couch

  • : to say or express (something) in a particular way

Full Definition of couch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay (oneself) down for rest or sleep

  3. 2 :  to embroider (a design) by laying down a thread and fastening it with small stitches at regular intervals

  4. 3 :  to place or hold level and pointed forward ready for use

  5. 4 :  to phrase or express in a specified manner <the comments were couched in strong terms>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to lie down or recline for sleep or rest

  8. 2 :  to lie in ambush

Examples of couch

  1. <I'm trying to couch this delicately: I don't think we should date anymore.>

  2. <I couched behind the partition so as to avoid an awkward situation with my ex.>



Origin of couch

Middle English, from Anglo-French cucher, from Latin collocare to set in place — more at collocate


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with couch


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couch

noun

Simple Definition of couch

  • : a long piece of furniture on which a person can sit or lie down

  • : a piece of furniture for a patient to lie on at a doctor's office

Full Definition of couch

  1. 1 a :  an article of furniture for sitting or reclining b :  a couch on which a patient reclines when undergoing psychoanalysis

  2. 2 :  the den of an animal (as an otter)

on the couch
  1. :  receiving psychiatric treatment

Examples of couch

  1. <find yourself a place on the couch and make yourself at home>



Origin of couch

Middle English couche bed, from Anglo-French kuche, from cucher


First Known Use: 14th century

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