coach

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkōch \

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

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from coach

Verb

coachable \ ˈkō-​chə-​bəl \ 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

The 16-year-old singer on Team Kelly Clarkson first wowed coaches and fans during the Blind Auditions, when her performance earned a four-chair turn. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "What to Know About 'The Voice' Finalist Chevel Shepherd Before Voting for Her Tonight," 17 Dec. 2018 Maddon has spent more than four decades as a baseball manager, coach and scout. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Cubs’ Maddon studying ‘Managing Millennials for Dummies’," 11 Dec. 2018 The goal is to reduce the number of non-resident vehicles who take the pass—which is often jammed with tour coaches and camera-slinging visitors looking for mountain views, especially in early August—by 20 percent. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Driving the Dolomites? You've Got an Hour, Authorities Say," 24 July 2018 Danny was down, falling into the arms of coaches and trainers. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Operating on Danny Farquhar's brain didn't change what was in White Sox pitcher's heart," 12 July 2018 While questions remain whether coaches and administrators knew about abuse by Strauss, there's little doubt the practice facility was an uncomfortable place for athletes. CBS News, ""A gauntlet of sexual deviancy": Ex-athletes describe lewd atmosphere at Ohio State," 12 July 2018 Europe owes its sporting power today to a long-running outreach into poor suburbs or neighborhoods, giving kids of all backgrounds access to coaches and fields and facilities – and teams more talent to choose from. Angela Charlton, The Christian Science Monitor, "World Cup puts a different spotlight on immigration for European teams," 10 July 2018 They'll also be paired with a coach and a peer mentor for one-on-one support. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Specialized program for Marquette undergraduates with autism disorders gifted $450,000, set to launch fall 2019," 9 July 2018 Even the Rangers coaches and players who worked out on the field in mid-afternoon found no reason to complain. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Texas Rangers: Choo was available, but Gallo hit in seventh. Here's why.," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Schuster instantly sought direct access to Whitney, who offers one-on-one coaching on her website, sexloveliberation.com. Justine Harman, Glamour, "These Self-Help Gurus Might Not Have Have Formal Training—But They Promise to Change Your Life," 20 Dec. 2018 The 63-year-old software engineer sought help from a nonprofit employment training agency that coaches clients to 'de-age' their résumés. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "‘Just Unbearable.’ Booming Job Market Can’t Fill the Retirement Shortfall," 20 Dec. 2018 After the last person completes their song, everyone disperses into their coaching groups and tackles red carpet interviews. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 The agreement suggests that Stephen's conduct may date to his time coaching another youth team called the Mavericks, a program that merged to form the Barnstormers in 2005. Fox News, "Victims of Iowa coach can still come forward, agent says," 23 Oct. 2018 When Mary Lee Tracy, perhaps best known for coaching Amanda Borden of the 1996 Olympic team, was hired as USAG’s elite development coordinator in August, the response was similarly fierce. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "USA Gymnastics Faces Calls to Decertify Following Mary Bono Hiring and Resigning," 19 Oct. 2018 In 2016, Prince Harry attended an event with Olympic gold medal gymnast Max Whitlock (pictured below) to mark the expansion of the Coach Core sports coaching apprenticeship program, but today he's joined by Meghan to support the organization. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "See Photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Coach Core Awards," 24 Sep. 2018 Year after year, the most fulfilling part of coaching students to their dream scores on the SAT and ACT has been witnessing the personal growth that comes alongside such hard work. Hafeez Lakhani, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How To Slay the SAT and ACT," 22 July 2018 Outlook: Snyder’s coaching longevity is nothing short of amazing. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steady Kansas State is No. 44 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 July 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

: 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)

: to teach (a student) privately rather than in a class

coach

noun
\ ˈkōch \

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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