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verb British English pronunciation: couple /ˈkʌp(ə)l/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycouple
he/she/itcouples
present participlecoupling
past tensecoupled
past participlecoupled
  1. 1
    [transitive] [usually passive] if one thing is coupled with another, they are combined and produce a particular effect

    Her intelligence, coupled with her experience, makes her a perfect candidate for the job.

    coupled with the fact that:

    The weather, coupled with the fact that the trains were on strike, meant that few reporters turned up.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [usually passive] if one vehicle or part of a machine is coupled to another, they are joined so that they work together

    Two computer processors can be coupled.

    be coupled to something:

    A trailer was coupled to the tractor.

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