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Definition of couple verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    couple

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌpl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌpl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they couple
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌpl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌpl//
     
    he / she / it couples
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌplz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌplz//
     
    past simple coupled
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌpld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌpld//
     
    past participle coupled
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌpld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌpld//
     
    -ing form coupling
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌplɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌplɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, usually passive] to join together two parts of something, for example two vehicles or pieces of equipment couple A and B together The two train cars had been coupled together. couple A (to B) CDTV uses a CD-ROM system that is coupled to a powerful computer.
  2. 2[intransitive] (formal) (of two people or animals) to have sex
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cople (noun), copler (verb), from Latin copula (noun), copulare (verb), from co- ‘together’ + apere ‘fasten’. Compare with copula and copulate. Phrasal Verbscouple somebody with somebody