couch

verb
\ ˈkau̇ch How to pronounce couch (audio) \
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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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 statement expresses unusually hard-hitting sentiments for a group of scholars, who typically prefer to couch their opinions in the cautious language of academia. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 1 June 2021 And people tend to couch these compliments with denying aging. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, 17 May 2021 But that doesn’t include those who couch surf — staying a night or two with friends and family — or who had collected enough money to pay for a motel room the night of the count. Liz Hardaway, ExpressNews.com, 10 Jan. 2021 While the Air Force had tried to couch the recent demonstration as being about reconnaissance, in the training exercise that reconnaissance helped select targets for a missile strike. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 21 Dec. 2020 But in years past, when addressing their social media audiences, many were content to couch their political opinions in platitudes about the importance of natural spaces. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, 1 Nov. 2020 Book didn’t couch his words like Williams did when talking about the Irish offensive line. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Oct. 2020 That would couch California’s ability to enforce any zero-emissions vehicle mandate. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 24 Sep. 2020 But Democratic politicians have usually been careful to couch them in national pride. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There's no need to spend time, money or space on items — whether an old couch or outdated application architecture — that no longer fit your usage or storage needs. Conal Gallagher, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The set, designed by Sotirios Livaditis with prop design by Rae Watson, is a small studio apartment with a pull-out couch, one small clothing rack and a broken television on the ground. Jerald Pierce, chicagotribune.com, 13 Oct. 2021 She was told to sleep on a couch in the living room that night, presumably to give her some privacy. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Dressed in a shiny colorful short dress, her character then rap-sings about being in the VIP while the music is bumping before passing out from fatigue on a nearby couch. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 10 Oct. 2021 The following night, the three of us gathered on the living room couch, Lauren squeezing in the middle. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 This extremely misleading factoid has been flying around the internet faster than the couch guy TikTok. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Sure enough, there was a green three-seater couch that became the perfect addition to the room. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 5 Oct. 2021 That is especially helpful for cleaning under a couch, chair, or in a car. Chris Hachey, BGR, 4 Oct. 2021

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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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“Couch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/couch. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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

couch

noun
\ ˈkau̇ch How to pronounce couch (audio) \

Kids Definition of couch

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

couch

transitive verb
\ ˈkau̇ch How to pronounce couch (audio) \

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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