October 05, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
perch /ˈpɚtʃ/ verb
perch
/ˈpɚtʃ/
verb

perches; perched; perching

The birds are perched on the branch.
The birds are perched on the branch.
Learner's definition of PERCH

1 [no object] : to sit on or be on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall — usually + on

  • Birds often perch on the ledge outside my window.

  • People perched on the railing to get a better view.

  • Their house perches on a rocky cliff.

2 [+ object] : to put (someone or something) on something high or on something from which it is easy to fall

  • People perched themselves on the railing [=people sat on the railing] to get a better view.

— usually used as (be) perched

  • He stood there in his coat, a small hat perched on/atop his head.

  • A bird was perched on the telephone wire.

  • Their house is perched on a rocky cliff.

  • The castle is perched high in/among the hills of Scotland.

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