- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM latchre·latch, verb (used with object)
How to use latch in a sentence
Pressurization exerts forces on any potential weak point, and that includes doors and cargo hold latches.Why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Must Have Died Instantaneously|Clive Irving|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When your hungry baby latches to your lactating breast, are you simply nursing your child or making a political statement?Is Breast Milk Really Best?|Lizzie Crocker|February 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Message discipline: When he latches on to a topic, he is unstoppable, but he sometimes wanders too far.Beware Ron Paul|Mark McKinnon|July 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
They were afraid of the noise they must make in turning the keys, withdrawing the bolts, and lifting the latches.Digby Heathcote|W.H.G. Kingston
Before he can start to open a lock gate, he must first have released the miter-forcing machine that latches the gates.The Panama Canal|Frederic Jennings Haskin
Figs. 197 and 198 show more complicated spring-latches but this latch is not so difficult to make as it may appear in the diagram.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties|D.C. Beard
Here the H hinges have been retained and also the old-time latches.Remodeled Farmhouses|Mary H. Northend
If I leave the latches down, that is due to the fact that I have no one to fear.The Princess Elopes|Harold MacGrath