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- (countable) A patch is a small area that is a different colour or material from the area around it.
- He'd come every other Sunday afternoon to mow the little patch of grass in front of the house.
- He had red patches of skin in different places on his body.
- We could see blue patches of sky between the trees.
- Joe's father looked to the dark patch under the tree where Joe stood concealed.
- Our small patch of forest was different.
- (countable) A patch is a piece of material that is sewn on clothes to cover a hole or for decoration.
- She was wearing a jacket with patches on the elbows.
- (technical); (countable) A patch is a computer program that fixes another program.
- (countable) A patch is a length of time.
- Her business has hit a rough patch lately.
- (countable) An eye patch is something to cover an eye.
A man with an eye patch
An FBI patch
- (transitive) If you patch clothing, a tire, etc., you put a piece of material on it to cover a hole.
- (transitive & intransitive) If you patch a number of things together, you put them together, but not very well.
- She was patching together part-time jobs and trying to pay the rent.
- The current computer system was patched together over a number of years.
- (transitive & intransitive) If you patch something up, you fix it.
- She patched a hole in the wall where it looked like John's head had hit it.
- I was hoping the problem would be patched up before I got there.