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verb [transitive] coach pronunciation in American English /koʊtʃ/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecoaching
past tensecoached
past participlecoached
  1. 1
    to train a sports player or team

    Mr. Jones coaches the football team.

    I'd like to coach basketball.

  2. 2
    to teach someone a special skill, especially one connected with performing in public

    a school where they coach children in singing and dancing

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    1. a.
      to teach someone a school subject, especially in order to help them prepare for an examination

      My father coached me in math.

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  3. 3
    to tell someone what to say or do in a particular situation

    Danielson had been coached by her lawyers, and said very little.

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