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latch

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verb \ˈlach\

Definition of latch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay hold with or as if with the hands or arms —used with on or onto

  3. 2 :  to associate oneself intimately and often artfully —used with on or onto latched onto a rich widow

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Origin and Etymology of latch

Middle English lachen, from Old English læccan; perhaps akin to Greek lambanein to take, seize


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latch

noun

Definition of latch

  1. :  any of various devices in which mating mechanical parts engage to fasten but usually not to lock something:a :  a fastener (as for a door) consisting essentially of a pivoted bar that falls into a notchb :  a fastener (as for a door) in which a spring slides a bolt into a hole; also :  night latch

Examples of latch in a Sentence

  1. He lifted the latch and opened the gate.

  2. I heard her key turn in the latch.

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First Known Use of latch

13th century

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latch

verb

Definition of latch

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make fast with or as if with a latch

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First Known Use of latch

15th century



LATCH Defined for English Language Learners

latch

noun

Definition of latch for English Language Learners

  • : a device that holds a door, gate, or window closed and that consists of a bar that falls into a holder when it is closed and that is lifted when it is open

  • : a type of door lock that can be opened from the inside by turning a lever or knob but can only be opened from the outside with a key


LATCH Defined for Kids

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latch

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noun \ˈlach\

Definition of latch for Students

  1. :  a movable piece that holds a door, gate, or window closed


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latch

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verb

Definition of latch for Students

latched

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latching

  1. :  to close or fasten with a latch



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