verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to grab or hold on, as to an object or idea, especially tightly or tenaciously.
- to include or add in; attach: If we latch the tax on, the bill will come to over $100.
- to take possession of; obtain; get.
- to acquire understanding of; comprehend.
- to attach oneself to; join in with: The stray dog latched onto the children and wouldn't go home.
Origin of latch
Examples from the Web for latch
“If a reclining seat fails to latch properly it has to be taken out of service,” says Mann, costing the airline even more.
It takes a long time for the entertainment community to latch on to a hot new trend.
Since its release last fall, the music video for “Latch” has already amassed over 15 million views on YouTube.Disclosure Delves Back to U.K. Garage Roots in ‘Settle’ Album Release|Jean Trinh|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Which is necessary because the characters he encounters on his journey are often way too kooky—and, well, Guest-ian—to latch onto.‘Family Tree’ Brings Christopher Guest’s Mockumentary Style to HBO|Jace Lacob|May 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Instead, we latch onto the number and use that as a symbol of everything else.
With my stick through the hole, I had up the latch, and pushed the door open.The Voodoo Gold Trail|Walter Walden
Enoch took hold of the latch carelessly, and then with more determination, as the door failed to open.The Boy Spies of Philadelphia|James Otis
Whether it was the latch of her room, or another of the bedrooms on this floor of the bungalow, Ruth could not tell.Ruth Fielding at Lighthouse Point|Alice B. Emerson
But while his hand was on the latch, he again paused; how should he obtain admission to Darrell?What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Latch, lach, n. a small piece of wood or iron to fasten a door.
Word Origin for latch
Old English læccan "to grasp or seize," from Proto-Germanic *lakkijanan. Not found in other Germanic languages; probably from PIE *(s)lagw- "to seize" (see analemma). In its original sense the verb was paralleled in Middle English and then replaced by French import catch (v.). Meaning "to fasten with a latch" is mid-15c. Related: Latched; latching.
a fastening for a door, etc., late 13c., probably from latch (v.).