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couch

verb \ ˈkau̇ch \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of couch

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.

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.

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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 a :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

Examples of couch in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of couch from the Web

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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

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

noun \ ˈkau̇ch \

Definition of couch for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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couch

transitive verb \ ˈkau̇ch \

medical Definition of couch

: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

: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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