couch

verb
\ ˈkau̇ch \
couched; couching; couches

Definition of couch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lay (oneself) down for rest or sleep The lion couched himself by a tree.

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

3 : to place or hold level and pointed forward ready for use Couching his lance, he seated himself firmly in his saddle … —W. Somerset Maugham

4 : to phrase or express in a specified manner The comments were couched in strong terms.

intransitive verb

1 : to lie down or recline for sleep or rest the odd way a camel couches

2 : to lie in ambush The tiger couches in the thick grass, watching its prey move closer.

couch

noun

Definition of couch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an article of furniture for sitting or reclining

b : a couch on which a patient reclines when undergoing psychoanalysis

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

on the couch

: receiving psychoanalytic treatment

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Synonyms for couch

Synonyms: Verb

articulate, clothe, express, formulate, phrase, put, say, state, word

Synonyms: Noun

davenport, divan, lounge, settee, sofa

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Examples of couch in a Sentence

Verb

I'm trying to couch this delicately: I don't think we should date anymore. I couched behind the partition so as to avoid an awkward situation with my ex.

Noun

find yourself a place on the couch and make yourself at home
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The delay in his departure was couched as a wish to wait until the school year ended. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Maryland schools CEO handed six-figure severance payout," 12 July 2018 Actionable defamation requires that the defendant uttered statements that were couched as factual assertions. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could CM Punk and Colt Cabana Be Found Culpable for Defamation?," 31 May 2018 Today’s board vote, while couched as an effort to prevent such a transaction, was pure pretext. Michael J. De La Merced, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge rejects CBS’s move to strip Shari Redstone’s control of company," 17 May 2018 The decision gives comfort to extremists who love to couch this as a war. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Travel ban hits home for metro Atlanta Muslims, supporters," 26 June 2018 Two administration officials acknowledged that Trump simply does not see allies and adversaries in the traditional way, nor any reason to couch his views in diplomatic niceties. Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, "In Trump, some see the end of the world order," 8 June 2018 The category of value would be $100,001 - $250,000 and the interest rate would be zero.’’ That statement was couched in a footnote on the 45th page of a 92-page disclosure. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump reports apparent Daniels reimbursement in disclosure filing," 17 May 2018 Students and administrators talked to each class about school safety, about the issues behind the walk and about how an action could be couched in what Baal called the Ignatian spirit, and the school's emphasis on spiritual and social justice. Brian Cox, chicagotribune.com, "About 1,000 New Trier students join national walk out, hold moment of silence for Parkland victims," 14 Mar. 2018 Invariably, final communiques are couched in bland terms to cover up differences that always exist between participants. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'An Unprecedented Scandal': How Newspapers Around the World Reacted to Trump's Behavior at the G-7 Summit," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Pajot stood up from the couch to leave, the two chatted about college and the young man's summer job at a fast food restaurant. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A triple homicide, a son left behind: How a Milwaukee police detective built a trusting bond with a survivor of violence," 6 July 2018 Five cars were involved a crash that resulted from a couch flying off a Dodge Ram towing a trailer on northbound I-805 just before H Street at about 4:20 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fallen couch leads to multi-car crash on I-805 in Chula Vista," 4 July 2018 In one video, A Home for Louie, a 1-year-old hound that had been implanted with a lung device to study asthma plays fetch and cuddles with his new owner on the couch. The University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison is taking things further. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 June 2018 Officers, wearing body cameras, chased Hurst inside and saw him grab a shotgun from a couch. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Give that officer a tummy rub. Quick-thinking rookie snatches shotgun from suspect," 23 June 2018 They can barely be counted on to get off the couch. Jason Johnson, The Root, "I Finally See It: Democrats Don’t Hate Trump As Much as They Love White Supremacy," 21 June 2018 USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods will be in good company watching the final rounds of the 118th U.S. Open from the couch this weekend. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods highlights list of big names who didn't make the cut at the U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Italia's now dressing herself, getting on and off the couch by herself, and unwrapping her own bandages, her mom says. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Indiana girl graduates from kindergarten month after losing foot in lawnmower accident," 7 June 2018 Watching the parade from the couch all warm and cozy in our apartment. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "A Timeline of Ariana Grande & Mac Miller's Relationship," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of couch

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for couch

Verb

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

Noun

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

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The first known use of couch was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for couch

couch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of couch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

couch

noun

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

: 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

couch

noun
\ ˈkau̇ch \

Kids Definition of couch

: a long piece of furniture that a person can sit or lie on

\ ˈkau̇ch \

Medical Definition of couch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to treat (a cataract or a person who has a cataract) by displacing the lens of the eye into the vitreous body

couch

noun

Medical Definition of couch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an article of furniture used (as by a patient undergoing psychoanalysis) for sitting or reclining

on the couch

: receiving psychiatric treatment

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