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Definition of fish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fish
    he / she / it fishes
    past simple fished
    -ing form fishing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to try to catch fish with a hook, nets, etc. The trawler was fishing off the coast of Alaska. fish for something You can fish for trout in this stream.
  2. 2[intransitive] go fishing to spend time fishing for pleasure Let's go fishing this weekend.
  3. 3[transitive] fish something (for something) to try to catch fish in the area of water mentioned They fished the coastal waters for salmon.
  4. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to search for something, using your hands She fished around in her bag for her keys.
  5. Phrasal Verbsfish for somethingfish something/somebodyout (of something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: fish