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Definition of perch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    perch

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//pərtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perch
     
    he / she / it perches
     
    past simple perched
     
    -ing form perching
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] perch (on something) (of a bird) to land and stay on a branch, etc. A robin was perching on the fence.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (informal) to sit or to make someone sit on something, especially on the edge of it synonym sit perch (on something) We perched on a couple of high stools at the bar. perch somebody/yourself (on something) She perched herself on the edge of the bed. My father used to perch me on the front of his bike.
  3. 3[intransitive] perch (on something) to be placed on the top or the edge of something The hotel perched precariously on a steep hillside.
  4. Thesaurussitsit down be seated have/take a seat perchThese words all mean to rest your weight on your bottom with your back upright, for example on a chair.sit to rest your weight on your bottom with your back upright, for example on a chair:May I sit here? Sit still, will you! Sit is usually used with an adverb or a prepositional phrase to show where or how someone sits, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what someone does while they are sitting:We sat talking for hours.sit down to move from a standing position to a sitting position:Please sit down.be seated (formal) to be sitting:She was seated at the head of the table. Be seated is often used as a formal way of inviting someone to sit down:Please be seated.have/take a seat to sit down Have/Take a seat is used especially as a polite way of inviting someone to sit down:Please have a seat.perch (somewhat informal) to sit on something, especially on the edge of something:She perched herself on the edge of the bed. Perch is always used with an adverb or prepositional phrase to show where someone is perching.Patterns to sit/sit down/be seated/have a seat/take a seat/perch on something to sit/sit down/be seated/have a seat/take a seat in something
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