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Definition of hatch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hatch
    he / she / it hatches
    past simple hatched
    -ing form hatching
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  1. 1[intransitive] hatch (out) (of a young bird, fish, insect, etc.) to come out of an egg Ten chicks hatched (out) this morning.
  2. 2[intransitive] hatch (out) (of an egg) to break open so that a young bird, fish, insect, etc. can come out The eggs are about to hatch. How long do the eggs take to hatch? Topic CollocationsThe Living Worldanimals animals mate/breed/reproduce/feed (on something) fish/amphibians swim/spawn (= lay eggs) birds fly/migrate/nest/sing insects crawl/fly/bite/sting insects/bees/locusts swarm bees collect/gather nectar/pollen spiders spin/weave a web snakes/lizards shed their skins bears/hedgehogs/frogs hibernate insect larvae grow/develop/pupate an egg/a chick/a larva hatches attract/find/choose a mate produce/release eggs/sperm lay/fertilize/incubate/hatch eggs inhabit a forest/a reef/the coast mark/enter/defend (a) territory stalk/hunt/capture/catch/kill preyplants and fungi trees/plants grow/bloom/blossom/flower a seed germinates/sprouts leaves/buds/roots/shoots appear/develop/form flower buds swell/open a fungus grows/spreads/colonizes something pollinate/fertilize a flower/plant produce/release/spread/disperse pollen/seeds/spores produce/bear fruit develop/grow/form roots/shoots/leaves provide/supply/absorb/extract/release nutrients perform/increase/reduce photosynthesisbacteria and viruses bacteria/microbes/viruses grow/spread/multiply bacteria/microbes live/thrive in/on something bacteria/microbes/viruses evolve/colonize something/cause disease bacteria break something down/convert something (into something) a virus enters/invades something/the body a virus mutates/evolves/replicates (itself) be infected with/contaminated with/exposed to a new strain of a virus/drug-resistant bacteria contain/carry/harbor bacteria/a virus kill/destroy/eliminate harmful/deadly bacteria
  3. 3[transitive] hatch something to make a young bird, fish, insect, etc. come out of an egg The female must find a warm place to hatch her eggs.
  4. 4[transitive] hatch something (up) to create a plan or idea, especially in secret Have you been hatching up a deal with her?
  5. Idioms
    don't count your chickens (before they are hatched) (saying)
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    you should not be too confident that something will be successful, because something may still go wrong
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hatch