Meaning of LATCH in English

LATCH

n.

Pronunciation: ' lach

Function: intransitive verb

Etymology: Middle English lachen, from Old English læccan; perhaps akin to Greek lambanein to take, seize

Date: 13th century

1 : to lay hold with or as if with the hands or arms ― used with on or onto

2 : to associate oneself intimately and often artfully ― used with on or onto < latch ed onto a rich widow>

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