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

There was no caveating, couching, or restraint on the part of Rick Scott and Donald Trump when the Florida Senate election headed to a recount. Dylan Scott, Vox, "There’s election fraud in North Carolina. That’s not the same thing as voter fraud.," 11 Dec. 2018 Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Economic development is frequently a secret affair, and the secrecy is often couched as helping local government to retain a competitive advantage. Nathan M. Jensen, WSJ, "The Amazon HQ2 Fiasco Was No Outlier," 14 Dec. 2018 That’s especially true when those choices are so often couched in ridiculous extremes and overplayed tropes. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 Today’s board vote, while couched as an effort to prevent such a transaction, was pure pretext. NBC News, "CBS votes to kick out parent company National Amusements, setting up court battle," 18 May 2018 Red Letter Media, for example, uses a similar low-key, non-malicious style of ribbing movies as MST3K, all couched in a pseudo-sketch comedy routine. Bryan Lufkin, Popular Mechanics, "Can Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thrive in an Age of Snark?," 14 Apr. 2017 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Prepare yourself—and your couch—for lots of TV viewing. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi TV Guide," 16 Jan. 2019 The contract also included the Fantastic Beasts series, so fans who are hoping to watch Newt's adventures from their couch will also be able to watch them on USA/Syfy. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All of the “Harry Potter” Movies Are Coming to Netflix, But There's a Catch," 11 Jan. 2019 She wasn't decked out in couture, either; instead Duff's pic featured her in a shower cap, coat, and white button-down top on her couch—along with a breast pump. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Hilary Duff Recreated Rachel McAdams' Breast-Pumping Pic, and It's So Good," 5 Jan. 2019 The Ball Drop only looks fun and exciting when watched from the warmth and privacy of your couch. Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Ways to Spend New Years Eve in New York: An Insider's Guide," 24 Dec. 2018 The Nutcracker Want to dance with the Sugarplum Fairies without leaving your couch? Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 How dare you?), just imagine Portman on the couch with Senator Kamala Harris talking about the election, Hollywood, and whatever else Stephen Colbert is thinking for them. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Charade Reboot?," 11 Feb. 2019 Playing off the windows are symmetrical side tables on both sides of the couch and decorative plates hanging overhead. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Blast from the past: This Glenmary home is a collector's paradise," 28 June 2018 Then the play seems to abruptly shift ahead 10 years, but Anne is a different person, and who’s the strange man at the opposite end of the couch? Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North Coast Rep's clever 'Father' slips inside the demented mind," 3 June 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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More Definitions for couch

couch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of couch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : 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 How to pronounce couch (audio) \

Kids Definition of couch

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