coach

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkōch How to pronounce coach (audio) \

Definition of coach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a large usually closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having doors in the sides and an elevated seat in front for the driver On special occasions the queen rides in a gold coach.
b : a railroad passenger car intended primarily for day travel Smoking is not permitted in the train's coaches.
c : bus sense 1a toured the city by coach
e : a 2-door enclosed automobile
f : a class of passenger air transportation at a lower fare than first class We reserved two seats in coach.

2 [ from the concept that the tutor conveys the student through examinations ]

a : a private tutor hired a coach to help her daughter prepare for the test
b : one who instructs or trains an acting coach a birth coach especially : one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a sport and directs team strategy a football coach a pitching coach a gymnastics coach

coach

verb
coached; coaching; coaches

Definition of coach (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to go in a coach
2 : to instruct, direct, or prompt as a coach When an injury ended his playing career, he decided to coach.

transitive verb

1 : to train intensively (as by instruction and demonstration) coach pupils The lawyer coached the witness.
2 : to act as coach of coach tennis coach a team

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Noun

coach 1a

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Other Words from coach

Verb

coachable \ ˈkō-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce coachable (audio) \ adjective
coacher noun

Synonyms for coach

Synonyms: Noun

trainer

Synonyms: Verb

counsel, guide, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, tutor

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Examples of coach in a Sentence

Noun

a track star who has been working with a new coach In those days, people usually traveled long distances in coaches.

Verb

He coaches the tennis star. He has coached the team for several years. She coached the U.S. gymnastics team at the Olympics. He has coached at the college level for many years. The lawyer admitted to coaching the witness. It was clear that the witness had been coached by her lawyer on how to answer the questions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Maybe the amusing moment will inspire Blake to pop the question to his girlfriend, and former Voice coach, Gwen Stefani on the singing competition!? Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "A 'Voice' Contestant Proposed to His Girlfriend on Air and It Got Hilariously Awkward," 12 Mar. 2019 The coaches were from various prestigious institutions including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA, Associated Press reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Internet Is Savagely Dragging Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman for Their College Bribery Scandal," 12 Mar. 2019 One was Don Shula, the iconic coach of the Dolphins. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Former Chargers GM Bobby Beathard could be most special NFL Hall inductee of all," 13 July 2018 Tech-whiz jock Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin) particularly shines this season, always ready with a lesson from his coach that’s meant to help his situation. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018 Even in coach, Swiss delights with multi-course meals, fine Swiss wines and cheeses, and niceties like amenity kits and adjustable headrests. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best International Airlines: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The boys and their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, walked into the cave June 23 after soccer practice for what was supposed to be a few hours of exploration. John Bacon, ajc, "WATCH: Video shows rescued Thai soccer players flashing victory sign from hospital beds," 12 July 2018 Washington, who took over the defense in January after Steve Wilks became Arizona’s head coach, oversaw a front four last season that included a pair of players with double-digit sacks in Julius Peppers and Mario Addison. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Is a Panthers defensive line with 3 Pro Bowlers and Julius Peppers underappreciated?," 12 July 2018 Eiseman, a holistic health coach, posted on Facebook after the rescue, noting that another woman with her was alive, too. Washington Post, "Alaska plane survivor: ‘For those wondering I’m alive’," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That's why the Duchess of Sussex recently became the royal patron of Smart Works, a UK charity that helps women return to work by offering them coaching and professional clothes to improve their confidence. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This $20 Meghan Markle Look-Alike Dress Has Over 1,000 Rave Reviews," 11 Feb. 2019 She was coached through the emergency landing procedure over radio by her flying instructor, John Singleton. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "The Teen Pilot Who Made a Solo Emergency Landing Says She "Panicked a Little" After Losing a Plane Wheel," 12 Sep. 2018 Both are coached by Colby Pearce, a 100 percent clean racer in his day who is committed to working only with clean cyclists. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Stop Boycotting Pro Cycling," 6 July 2018 The only other legitimate suitor would be the 76ers, who are coached by a former Popovich assistant (Brett Brown) but couldn’t offer much beyond Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors and revamped Lakers? Bring it on," 16 June 2018 Edgewood's new softball coach is Mike Buckenmyer, who has coached numerous sports at Lakota East. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Springer: Let the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky high school football hype begin," 6 July 2018 Mohamed, who previously coached leading Egyptian squad Zamalek, was a regular contributor to coverage on Nile Sports Channel, and was seen as one Egypt’s premier voices on soccer. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Egyptian TV commentator dies of heart attack after World Cup match," 26 June 2018 The style of coaching I’ve done for 33 years is very intense, very demanding. Mitch Stacy, The Seattle Times, "Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to retire after Rose Bowl," 5 Dec. 2018 And quite frankly, coaching them on what to say, these are people that literally do not have a stake in this. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of coach

Noun

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1630, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for coach

Noun and Verb

Middle English coche, from Middle French, from German Kutsche, from Hungarian kocsi (szekér), literally, wagon from Kocs, Hungary

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coach

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer
: a person who teaches and trains the members of a sports team and makes decisions about how the team plays during games
British : a private teacher who gives someone lessons in a particular subject

coach

verb

English Language Learners Definition of coach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach and train (an athlete or performer)
: to teach, train, and direct (a sports team)
chiefly British : to teach (a student) privately rather than in a class

coach

noun
\ ˈkōch How to pronounce coach (audio) \

Kids Definition of coach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large carriage that has four wheels and a raised seat outside in front for the driver and is drawn by horses
2 : a person who instructs or trains a performer or team
3 : a person who teaches students individually
4 : a railroad passenger car without berths
5 : the least expensive seats on an airplane or a train

coach

verb
coached; coaching

Kids Definition of coach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach and train

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