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couch

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verb \ˈkau̇ch\

Definition of couch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay (oneself) down for rest or sleep The lion couched himself by a tree.

  3. 2 :  to embroider (a design) by laying down a thread and fastening it with small stitches at regular intervals

  4. 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

  5. 4 :  to phrase or express in a specified manner The comments were couched in strong terms.

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to lie down or recline for sleep or rest the odd way a camel couches

  8. 2 :  to lie in ambush The tiger couches in the thick grass, watching its prey move closer.

Examples of couch in a Sentence

  1. I'm trying to couch this delicately: I don't think we should date anymore.

  2. I couched behind the partition so as to avoid an awkward situation with my ex.

Origin and Etymology of couch

Middle English, from Anglo-French cucher, from Latin collocare to set in place — more at collocate


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couch

noun

Definition of couch

  1. 1a :  an article of furniture for sitting or recliningb :  a couch on which a patient reclines when undergoing psychoanalysis

  2. 2 :  the den of an animal (such as an otter)

on the couch

  1. :  receiving psychoanalytic treatment

Examples of couch in a Sentence

  1. find yourself a place on the couch and make yourself at home

Origin and Etymology of couch

Middle English couche bed, from Anglo-French kuche, from cucher

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COUCH Defined for English Language Learners

couch

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verb

Definition of couch for English Language Learners

  • : to say or express (something) in a particular way

couch

noun

Definition of couch for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

couch

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noun \ˈkau̇ch\

Definition of couch for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

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couch

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transitive verb \ˈkau̇ch\

Medical Definition of couch

  1. :  to treat (a cataract or a person who has a cataract) by displacing the lens of the eye into the vitreous body


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couch

noun

Medical Definition of couch

  1. :  an article of furniture used (as by a patient undergoing psychoanalysis) for sitting or reclining

on the couch



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