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English noun: couple

1. couple (group) a pair who associate with one another

SamplesThe engaged couple.
An inseparable twosome.

Synonymsduet, duo, twosome

Broader (hypernym)pair

Narrower (hyponym)same-sex marriage

2. couple (group) a pair of people who live together

SamplesA married couple from Chicago.

Synonymsmatch, mates

Broader (hypernym)family, family unit

Narrower (hyponym)DINK, power couple

3. couple (quantity) a small indefinite number

SamplesHe's coming for a couple of days.

Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

4. couple (quantity) two items of the same kind

Synonymsbrace, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke

Broader (hypernym)2, deuce, II, two

Narrower (hyponym)doubleton

Part holonymfellow, mate

5. couple (object) (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines

Broader (hypernym)building block, unit

Narrower (hyponym)dipole

Part holonymmoment of a couple

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

English verb: couple

1. couple (contact) bring two objects, ideas, or people together

SamplesThis fact is coupled to the other one.
Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?.
The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project.

Synonymsmatch, mate, pair, twin

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bring together, join

Narrower (hyponym)mismatch, mismate

Verb groupmatch

2. couple (contact) link together

SamplesCan we couple these proposals?.

Synonymscouple on, couple up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)attach

Antonymsdecouple, uncouple

3. couple (social) form a pair or pairs

SamplesThe two old friends paired off.

Synonymspair, pair off, partner off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)unify, unite

4. couple (contact) engage in sexual intercourse

SamplesBirds mate in the Spring.

Synonymscopulate, mate, pair

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)conjoin, join

Narrower (hyponym)bang, be intimate, bed, bonk, breed, bugger, cover, deflower, do it, eff, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, hump, jazz, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, mount, nick, ride, roll in the hay, ruin, screw, serve, service, sleep together, sleep with, sodomise, sodomise, sodomize, sodomize, tread

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