Meaning of latch

latch

Pronunciation: (lach), [key]
— n.
  1. a device for holding a door, gate, or the like, closed, consisting basically of a bar falling or sliding into a catch, groove, hole, etc.
—v.t.
  1. to close or fasten with a latch.
—v.i.
  1. to close tightly so that the latch is secured: The door won't latch.
  2. If we latch the tax on, the bill will come to over $100.
    1. to grab or hold on, as to an object or idea, esp. tightly or tenaciously.
    2. to include or add in; attach:If we latch the tax on, the bill will come to over $100.
  3. The stray dog latched onto the children and wouldn't go home.
    1. to take possession of; obtain; get.
    2. to acquire understanding of; comprehend.
    3. to attach oneself to; join in with:The stray dog latched onto the children and wouldn't go home.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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