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couple

cou·ple

couple

 
 
pronunciation:
kuh pl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: two of the same kind of thing or of related things considered together.
He and his wife are a couple of odd characters, don't you think?Could you get me a couple of envelopes from that drawer?
 
synonyms:
doublet, duo, pair, twain, twosome
similar words:
brace, mates, span, yoke
definition 2: a small, indefinite number.
She said she'd be back in a couple of minutes.
synonyms:
handful
similar words:
some, sprinkle
definition 3: two people paired together by marriage or by being in a romantic relationship.
I met a nice couple at the party last night.I thought they were just friends, but it looks like they're a couple now.
 
synonyms:
duo, pair, twosome
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: coupled, couples, coupling
definition: to pair (one thing with another) or fasten together as a pair; connect.
Are you really going to couple that blouse with that skirt?They coupled the box car to the train engine.If our project gets coupled with theirs, there's no way we'll finish by the end of the year.
synonyms:
connect, join, link, mate, yoke
antonyms:
uncouple
similar words:
bind, dock, double, marry, match, pair, unite, wed
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to unite or join into a pair (sometimes fol. by "up").
It was hours before the new engine coupled with the stranded train.Everyone coupled up to dance.
synonyms:
unite, wed, yoke
similar words:
connect, dock, hook up, join, link, marry, mate
definition 2: to engage in sexual intercourse; copulate.
They had been married for a month but still had not coupled.
synonyms:
mate
similar words:
ball, screw
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