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 Some of the critics couched their observations in the form of a question. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Twitter critics claim Melania Trump's coat in 9/11 tribute looks like plane flying into tower," 11 Sep. 2019 Since Google Fiber's February announcement, Fischer's team has sought to couch the demise as a positive in pushing other internet service providers to offer faster options. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Repairs underway on roads left damaged after Google Fiber's exit from Louisville," 28 Aug. 2019 The brief makes the same persuasive arguments for mootness that the city presented but couches them in unusually strident terms. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court mulls whether to ditch a gun-rights case," 11 Sep. 2019 Shenanigans are couched in terms of charming calamity. Joel Lewin, Quartz, "There’s no such thing as a “functioning alcoholic”," 5 Sep. 2019 Masked anger While attacks in both nations are couched in xenophobic rhetoric, in reality they are driven more by stoked economic tensions and growing inequality. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Xenophobic attacks on African migrants in South Africa have been escalated by misinformation," 4 Sep. 2019 Of note: Glenn Gordon Caron, showrunner on Bull, is also receiving leadership couching, as part of a decision mutually reached by him and the network. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "CBS Defends Renewing ‘Bull’ After Allegations: ‘People Continued to Watch’," 1 Aug. 2019 The federal Housing and Urban Development agency doesn’t account for people who are doubled up or couch surfing, which would make the number much higher. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County sees 20% more people sleeping outside in latest homeless count," 1 Aug. 2019 Descalso’s deal includes a $1 million buyout of his 2021 option, but that’s couch money to Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Addison Russell is gone. Whether he’ll return to the Cubs is anyone’s guess.," 24 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun WeWork bought and leased cool commercial offices and transformed them into a neo-workplace utopia: Espresso machines, cozy couches, fast free wifi, shared work benches and spaces, and much more. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Entrepreneurs can find lessons amid the ashes of WeWork's crash and burn," 14 Nov. 2019 Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas, James Risch of Idaho, Rick Scott of Florida and Joni Ernst of Iowa sat on couches before him and Erdogan in the Oval Office. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump welcomes Turkey’s Erdogan to White House, offers thanks for tentative cease-fire in Syria," 13 Nov. 2019 The trooper led the couple into the finished basement, equipped with a pool table, bar, couches, a TV and numerous bottles of booze, the warrant said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Bolton school board member resigns after police say she allowed teen booze party at her house," 13 Nov. 2019 The bullet went through the ceiling and lodged in the couch of the upstairs unit. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man gets prison time for shooting woman who withdrew consent during sex," 12 Nov. 2019 Fridays and Saturdays are movie nights, and for $15, dogs and their owners can watch movies on leather couches and drink wine to their heart's content. Dan Carson, Houston Chronicle, "North Texas dog-friendly theater serves unlimited wine and movies," 11 Nov. 2019 The living room, with its powder-blue velvet couch, black leather Eames chair, and neon sign spelling Judah’s and Chelsea’s names in cursive, looks ripped from Pinterest. Jennifer Swann, Marie Claire, "Will Worship for Likes," 6 Nov. 2019 The censors tended to gyrate between the fainting couch and the battlefield. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Whiteout," 28 Oct. 2019 Big Brother host Julie Chen posted a cryptic photo of a brown couch and now her fans are speculating like crazy. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Big Brother' Fans Are Losing It Over Julie Chen’s Cryptic Tweet About the Show," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for couch

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

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More Definitions for couch

couch

verb
How to pronounce couch (audio)

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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