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verb perch pronunciation in British English /pɜː(r)tʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyperch
he/she/itperches
present participleperching
past tenseperched
past participleperched

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if you perch on something, or if you are perched on it, you sit on something that is narrow or small, and usually high, especially for a short time

    Rob came over to perch on the corner of her desk.

    Sophie was perched on the arm of the couch.

    1. a.
      if a bird perches on something, or if it is perched on it, it is resting there for a time
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    2. b.
      if something perches on something else, or if it is perched on it, it is placed high up on the edge of it

      The villa is perched on a cliff above Monte Carlo.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to put something on a narrow surface that is usually high
    perch someone/something on something:

    Heavy black glasses were perched on the bridge of his nose.

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