Meaning of COACH in English
I. coach 1 S3 W2 /kəʊtʃ $ koʊtʃ/ BrE AmE noun
[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: coche , from German kutsche , probably from Hungarian kocsi (szeker) 'carriage from Kocs' , from Kocs village in Hungary; ]
[ Sense 1-2: Origin: because a trainer 'drives' students through their tests ]
1 . SPORT [countable] someone who trains a person or team in a sport:
a tennis coach
the Norwegian national coach
2 . HELP FOR EXAM [countable] especially British English someone who gives private lessons to someone in a particular subject, especially so that they can pass an examination
3 . BUS [countable] British English a bus with comfortable seats used for long journeys SYN bus American English
We went to Paris by coach.
on a coach
She’s going to Grimsby on a coach.
a coach trip to Scotland
The restaurant was full of coach parties (=groups of people travelling together on a coach) .
4 . TRAIN [countable] British English one of the parts of the train in which the passengers sit SYN car American English
5 . HORSES [countable] a large carriage pulled by horses and used in the past for carrying passengers
6 . IN PLANE/TRAIN [uncountable] American English the cheapest type of seats on a plane or train:
We flew coach out to Atlanta.
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)
■ types of coach
▪ a football/basketball/tennis etc coach
Jody became the women’s basketball coach.
▪ the head coach (=the coach in charge of a team)
Jim is head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.
▪ an assistant coach
He took a job as an assistant coach at the college.
▪ a national coach (=for a team that represents a whole country)
Davies was the national coach up to the 1995 World Cup.
▪ the team coach
He’s the youth team coach.
▪ a top coach (=a very good one)
He’s one of America’s top coaches.
▪ a professional coach (=one whose job is teaching a sport)
The tennis club has a professional coach.
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 3)
■ types of coach
▪ an express coach (=travelling quickly without stopping much)
Express coach services run throughout the day.
▪ a passenger coach
The company had thirty-five new passenger coaches.
▪ a tourist coach
A huge number of tourist coaches visit the site.
▪ an air-conditioned coach
Travel is by air-conditioned coach.
▪ go/travel by coach
We spent three days travelling by coach across France.
▪ get on/get off a coach
A group of tourists were getting on the coach.
▪ board a coach formal (=get on one)
When everyone was there, we boarded the coach for the journey home.
■ coach + NOUN
▪ a coach trip
The two-night coach trip to Paris will cost £149.
▪ a coach tour
How about going on a coach tour around Europe this year?
▪ a coach excursion (=a relatively short coach journey to visit a place)
There are coach excursions to the great classical site at Ephesus.
▪ a coach party (=a group of people who travel by coach)
We’re organizing a coach party to the theatre.
▪ a coach driver
He worked as a part-time coach driver.
▪ a coach station
You will go from Victoria Coach Station to Amsterdam.
▪ a coach service
Our express coach service goes to the South of France and Costa Brava.
▪ coach travel
The advantage of coach travel is that it’s relatively cheap.
II. coach 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]
1 . to teach a person or team the skills they need for a sport SYN train ⇨ coaching :
Nigel coaches a cricket team in his spare time.
2 . especially British English to give someone private lessons in a particular subject, especially so that they can pass an important test ⇨ coaching
coach somebody in/for something
The child was coached for stardom by her mother.
3 . to help someone prepare what they should say or do in a particular situation – used to show disapproval ⇨ coaching
coach somebody in/on something
The girl must have been carefully coached in what to say in court.
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▪ teach to give lessons in a school, college, or university:
I taught for a year in France.
He teaches physics at York University.
▪ lecture to teach in a college or university by giving talks to groups of students on a subject:
He lectures in engineering at a local college.
▪ instruct formal to teach someone how to do something, especially a particular practical skill:
He was instructing them how to use the computer system.
Staff are instructed in how to respond in the event of a fire.
▪ tutor to teach one student or a small group:
I found work tutoring Mexican students in English.
▪ coach especially British English to give private lessons, especially so that someone can pass an important test:
He coaches students for their university entrance exams.
▪ train to teach a person or group of people in the particular skills or knowledge they need to do a job:
It will take at least a month to train the new assistant.
▪ educate to teach someone over a long period, usually at school or university:
He was educated in England.
Her parents want to educate her at home.
▪ show somebody the ropes informal to show someone how to do a job or task that they have just started doing:
Miss McGinley will show you the ropes and answer any questions you may have.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012