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

 

couch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kaʊtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊtʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they couch
BrE BrE//kaʊtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊtʃ//
 
he / she / it couches
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊtʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊtʃɪz//
 
past simple couched
BrE BrE//kaʊtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊtʃt//
 
past participle couched
BrE BrE//kaʊtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kaʊtʃt//
 
-ing form couching
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊtʃɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] couch something (in something) (formal) to say or write words in a particular style or manner The letter was deliberately couched in very vague terms. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun denoting something to sleep on; as a verb in the sense ‘lay something down’): from Old French couche (noun), coucher (verb), from Latin collocare ‘place together’, from col- ‘together’ + locare ‘to place’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: couch