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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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