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n., v. -pled, -pling. n.
couple- Its underlying notion is of "joining," coming from Latin copula, "connection, tie."
A pair of things are two things of the same size and shape that are used together, such as shoes.
When you use a pair of like this, you can use either a singular or a plural form of a verb.
You also use a pair of to refer to something that has two main parts of the same size and shape, such as trousers, glasses, or scissors.
When you use a pair of like this, you use a singular form of a verb.
In conversation and informal writing, you can refer to two people or things as a couple of people or things.
You use a plural form of a verb with a couple of.
Don't use 'a couple of' in formal writing.
A couple consists of two people who have a romantic or sexual relationship, for example a husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend.
You usually use a plural form of a verb with couple.
Past participle: coupled
|Noun||1.||couple - a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome"|
pair - two people considered as a unit
same-sex marriage - two people of the same sex who live together as a family; "the legal status of same-sex marriages has been hotly debated"
|2.||couple - a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from Chicago"|
family unit, family - primary social group; parents and children; "he wanted to have a good job before starting a family"
power couple - a couple both of whom have high-powered careers or are politically influential
DINK - a couple who both have careers and no children (an acronym for dual income no kids)
|3.||couple - a small indefinite number; "he's coming for a couple of days"|
|4.||couple - two items of the same kind |
fellow, mate - one of a pair; "he lost the mate to his shoe"; "one eye was blue but its fellow was brown"
2, II, two, deuce - the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number
doubleton - (bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
|5.||couple - (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines|
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
dipole - a pair of equal and opposite electric charges or magnetic poles separated by a small distance
building block, unit - a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else; "units of nucleic acids"
moment of a couple - given two equal and opposite forces, the product of the force and the distance between them
|Verb||1.||couple - bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This 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"|
match - give or join in marriage
mismate - provide with an unsuitable mate
mismatch - match badly; match two objects or people that do not go together
|2.||couple - link together; "can we couple these proposals?"|
attach - cause to be attached
|3.||couple - form a pair or pairs; "The two old friends paired off"|
|4.||couple - engage in sexual intercourse; "Birds mate in the Spring"|
nick - mate successfully; of livestock
do it, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, be intimate, lie with, roll in the hay, screw, sleep together, sleep with, hump, jazz, love, bed, bang, make out, know - have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"
tread - mate with; "male birds tread the females"
deflower, ruin - deprive of virginity; "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
sodomise - practice anal sex upon
sodomise - copulate with an animal
to couple sth with sth → unir algo a algo, juntar algo con algo