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Definition of hook verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hook
    he / she / it hooks
    past simple hooked
    -ing form hooking
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to fasten or hang something on something else using a hook; to be fastened or hanging in this way hook something + adv./prep. She hooked the two pieces together. + adv./prep. a dress that hooks at the back
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to put something, especially your leg, arm, or finger, around something else so that you can hold onto it or move it; to go around something else in this way hook something + adv./prep. He hooked his foot under the stool and dragged it over. She hooked her arm through her sister's. He managed to hook his fingers under the stone. Her thumbs were hooked into the pockets of her jeans. Hook the rope through your belt. + adv./prep. Suddenly an arm hooked around my neck.
  3. 3[transitive] hook something to catch a fish with a hook It was the biggest trout I ever hooked. (figurative) She had managed to hook a wealthy husband.
  4. 4[transitive] hook something (especially in golf or soccer) to hit or kick a ball so that it goes to one side instead of straight ahead He hooked his drive into the trees. I hooked the first ball for a six. He hooked his shot over the bar. Try and hook the ball around the defenders.
  5. Phrasal Verbshook up (to something)hook up (with somebody)hook somebody up with somebody/something
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