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 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, "‘Used to chaos’ — Young San Antonio homeless need extra help to become self-sufficient," 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, "Air Force A.I. test raises concerns over killer robots," 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, "Politics on Instagram: Mountain athletes reach out to millions of voters before Election Day," 1 Nov. 2020 Book didn’t couch his words like Williams did when talking about the Irish offensive line. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Offensive line paves way to victory over Florida State," 11 Oct. 2020 That would couch California’s ability to enforce any zero-emissions vehicle mandate. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by National Clean Energy Week: Number of nuclear reactors at 30-year low — what it means," 24 Sep. 2020 But Democratic politicians have usually been careful to couch them in national pride. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Blame America first and last: Republicans pan Democratic convention US history lesson," 20 Aug. 2020 Directness couched in humor Smith’s ties to Ralph Parr date to the early 1990s when both were principals: Smith at Ball High School in Galvston and Parr at Clear Creek High. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "‘Irreplaceable’ Clear Creek ISD leader remembered for high-fives, common sense," 5 Mar. 2020 Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, has long couched his attacks on refugees as a defence of European civilisation. The Economist, "Charlemagne Huntington’s disease and the clash of civilisation-states," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of sitting on the couch, go outside and get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise, experts suggested. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Americans are not getting the mental health treatment they need, report says," 3 May 2021 Given these encouraging trends, now is not the time to sit on the couch and wait for that unemployment check to arrive. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Holding out for unemployment to expire could be risky move," 3 May 2021 The entire time, a papier-mâché head, larger than an average eight-year-old, sat on the couch and stared blankly into the audience. Washington Post, "Jeff Goldblum’s a movie star, jazz pianist and an inescapable meme. What’s behind his enduring appeal?," 29 Apr. 2021 But Bruce puts asses on the couch, so he is prominently featured in the trailer and on the poster. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, "20 Straight-to-VOD Bruce Willis Movies, Ranked," 28 Apr. 2021 The men sat on the couch and Hezar demanded to have Ince’s cell phone, the affidavit said. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Allen man who police believe killed his mother, sister was having an ‘episode,’ affidavit says," 27 Apr. 2021 But the 34-year-old is happier to be on the court rather than on the couch now. Los Angeles Times, "Kristi Toliver eager to play for new-look Sparks after year away," 25 Apr. 2021 Some dogs are fast and want to run for miles and miles, while other dogs are more like cats and would prefer to snuggle up on the couch. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "100+ Unique Country Dog Names for Your Down-Home Dog," 23 Apr. 2021 Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, who was killed by a suburban Twin Cities police officer in 2016, watched the trial with her daughter on the couch in her living room. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, "Conviction of Derek Chauvin: A moment of victory amid a history of injustice," 21 Apr. 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 15 May. 2021.

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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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