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.
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Origin of latch
OTHER WORDS FROM latchre·latch, verb (used with object)
Example sentences from the Web for latch
Message discipline: When he latches on to a topic, he is unstoppable, but he sometimes wanders too far.
We had to bolt doors,—latches were nothing,—and bar shutters.We Girls: A Home Story|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Some churches had lead roofs and iron hinges, latches, and locks on their doors.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
There were latches and bolts for doors and locks for chests, drawers, and cabinets.The Old Furniture Book|N. Hudson Moore
The doors had latches with strings hanging outside; by pulling in the string within-doors the house was securely locked.Home Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle
But beside shoeing horses and oxen, the blacksmith made all kinds of implements, andirons, latches and hinges for doors.Ben Comee|M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan