- 1to train somebody to play a sport, to do a job better, or to improve a skill coach somebody (in/for something) Her father coached her for the Olympics. coach somebody (to do something) She has coached hundreds of young singers. coach something He coaches basketball and soccer.
- 2coach somebody (in/for something) (especially British English) to give a student extra teaching in a particular subject especially so that they will pass an exam
- 3coach somebody (in/on something) | coach somebody (to do something) to give somebody special instructions for what they should do or say in a particular situation They believed the witnesses had been coached on what to say. Word Originverb early 18th cent. (as a verb): figuratively from coach referring to a vehicle.
BrE BrE//kəʊtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//koʊtʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they coach
BrE BrE//kəʊtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//koʊtʃ//he / she / it coaches
BrE BrE//ˈkəʊtʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊtʃɪz//past simple coached
BrE BrE//kəʊtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//koʊtʃt//past participle coached
BrE BrE//kəʊtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//koʊtʃt//-ing form coaching
BrE BrE//ˈkəʊtʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊtʃɪŋ//