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

     

    perch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pɜːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrtʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perch
    BrE BrE//pɜːtʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrtʃ//
     
    he / she / it perches
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːtʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrtʃɪz//
     
    past simple perched
    BrE BrE//pɜːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrtʃt//
     
    past participle perched
    BrE BrE//pɜːtʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɜːrtʃt//
     
    -ing form perching
    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːtʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrtʃɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody sit on something, especially on the edge of it 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. Synonymssitsit down be seated 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 prepositional phrase to show where or how somebody sits, but sometimes another phrase or clause is used to show what somebody does while they are sitting:We sat talking for hours.sit down/​sit yourself down to move from a standing position to a sitting position:Please sit down. Come in and sit yourselves 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 somebody to sit down:Please be seated.take a seat to sit down Take a seat is used especially as a polite way of inviting somebody to sit down:Please take a seat.perch (rather 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 somebody is perching.Patterns to sit/​sit down/​be seated/​take a seat/​perch on something to sit/​sit down/​be seated/​take a seat in something
  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. Word Originverb late Middle English: the noun from perch ‘a measure of length’(from Old French perche, from Latin pertica ‘measuring rod, pole’); the verb from Old French percher.Extra examples The birds perched on nearby buildings. The castle is perched high above the valley. The hotel was perched precariously on a steep hillside. A robin flew down and perched on the fence. They found the parrot perched in a tree.
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