couple

If you are hanging out with a couple of friends, you are hanging out with two friends. A couple is a pair or a twosome. As a verb, couple means "to pair or match."

As a noun, couple means "a pair." If two people are dating, you can refer to them as "a couple." Similarly, two people who are married can be called a "married couple." Two guys playing basketball can be called "a couple of guys playing basketball." As a verb, couple means "to pair or combine," as people on a dance floor might couple or form pairs when the music starts. You can also couple two ideas by combining them.

Primary Meanings of couple

1.
nv
two items of the same kind
form a pair or pairs
2.
n
a small indefinite number
Full Definitions of couple
1

n two items of the same kind

Synonyms:
brace, couplet, distich, duad, duet, duo, dyad, pair, span, twain, twosome, yoke
Types:
doubleton
(bridge) a pair of playing cards that are the only cards in their suit in the hand dealt to a player
Type of:
2, II, deuce, two
the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number

n a pair who associate with one another

“the engaged couple
Synonyms:
duet, duo, twosome
Types:
same-sex marriage
two people of the same sex who live together as a family
Type of:
pair
two people considered as a unit

n a pair of people who live together

“a married couple from Chicago”
Synonyms:
match, mates
Types:
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)
Type of:
family, family unit
primary social group; parents and children

n (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines

Types:
dipole
a pair of equal and opposite electric charges or magnetic poles separated by a small distance
electric dipole, electric doublet
a dipole with equal and opposite electric charges
magnetic dipole
a dipole with opposing magnetic poles
Type of:
building block, unit
a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else

v form a pair or pairs

Synonyms:
pair, pair off, partner off
Type of:
unify, unite
act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief

v bring two objects, ideas, or people together

“This fact is coupled to the other one”
Synonyms:
match, mate, pair, twin
match
give or join in marriage
Types:
mismate
provide with an unsuitable mate
mismatch
match badly; match two objects or people that do not go together
Type of:
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked

v link together

“can we couple these proposals?”
Synonyms:
couple on, couple up
Antonyms:
decouple, uncouple
disconnect or separate
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v engage in sexual intercourse

Types:
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nick
mate successfully; of livestock
have intercourse, have sex, love, roll in the hay
have sexual intercourse with
tread
mate with
serve, service
mate with
have, take
have sex with; archaic use
fornicate
have sex without being married
stand
be available for stud services
Type of:
conjoin, join
make contact or come together
2

n a small indefinite number

“he's coming for a couple of days”
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

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