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Meaning of “perch” in the English Dictionary

"perch" in British English

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perchverb

uk   /pɜːtʃ/  us   /pɝːtʃ/
perch in, on, etc. sth to ​sit on or near the ​edge of something: We perched on ​barstools and had a ​beer. A ​blackbird was perching on the ​gate. [I or T] to be in a high ​position or in a ​position near the ​edge of something, or to put something in this ​position: The ​village is perched on ​top of a high ​hill.

perchnoun

uk   /pɜːtʃ/  us   /pɝːtʃ/
  • perch noun (FISH)

[C or U] (plural perch or US also perches) a ​fish that ​lives in ​lakes and ​rivers and is ​eaten as ​food
  • perch noun (SEAT)

[C] a ​place where a ​birdsits, ​especially a ​thinrod in a cage (= ​wirebox) [C] a ​seat or other ​place high up, often giving a good ​view of something below: We ​watched the ​parade from ​our perch on the ​scaffolding.
(Definition of perch from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perch" in American English

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perchverb [I/T]

 us   /pɜrtʃ/
(of a ​bird) to ​rest on a ​branch or other ​object, or of a ​person or thing to ​sit or be on the ​edge or ​top of something: [T] A ​baseballcap, ​turnedbackwards, was perched on his ​head.
perch
noun [C]  us   /pɜrtʃ/
From ​their perches in the ​towers, the ​prisonguards could ​see the ​entireprisonyard.
(Definition of perch from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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