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Definition of hack verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hack
    he / she / it hacks
    past simple hacked
    -ing form hacking
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to cut someone or something with rough, heavy blows hack somebody/something + adv./prep. I hacked the dead branches off. They were hacked to death as they tried to escape. We had to hack our way through the jungle. + adv./prep. We hacked away at the bushes.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (computing) to secretly find a way of looking at and/or changing information on someone else's computer system without permission hack into something He hacked into the bank's computer. hack something They had hacked secret data.
  3. 3[transitive] can/can't hack it (informal) to be able/not able to manage in a particular situation Lots of people leave this job because they can't hack it.
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