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 latched
Obama has latched on to the failure of the embargo to topple the Castros as justification to shuffle the deck.
As a result, American electricity generators have latched on to cleaner-burning gas.
Americans have latched on to snowboarding, hiking, and the new trends of showing up to work in fleeces and adventure sandals.REI CEO Sally Jewell Nominated for Interior Secretary Post|Daniel Gross|February 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And later in life, it really became a symbolism that I latched onto.Ping Fu’s Journey from Cultural Revolution Orphan to Geomagic CEO|Katie Baker|January 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Petraeus, to be sure, did not save the world, but a war-weary nation, starved of heroes, has latched onto him.
Blake swung the new acquisition back and forth, and latched it once or twice to make sure that it was perfectly adjusted.Life at High Tide|Various
It's no secret that we've latched on to quite a number of your friends.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
Setting down the lantern upon the passage table, he pushed open the door, which was not latched, and entered.The Lady Of Blossholme|H. Rider Haggard
She latched the window gently, and again looked at the garden through it.In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
The cellar door indeed, which latched imperfectly, stood open.Not Pretty, But Precious|John Hay, et al.
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.).