Definition of hatch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hatch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//hætʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hætʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hatch
    BrE BrE//hætʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hætʃ//
     
    he / she / it hatches
    BrE BrE//ˈhætʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhætʃɪz//
     
    past simple hatched
    BrE BrE//hætʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hætʃt//
     
    past participle hatched
    BrE BrE//hætʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hætʃt//
     
    -ing form hatching
    BrE BrE//ˈhætʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhætʃɪŋ//
     
     
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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? 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/​harbour (especially US English) 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 an idea, especially in secret Have you been hatching up a deal with her?
  5. Word Originverb Middle English hacche; related to Swedish häcka and Danish hække.Extra examples The butterfly’s eggs soon hatch into larvae. The chicks hatch out after two weeks. the newly hatched chicks Rebel MPs are hatching a secret plot to oust the prime minister.Idioms
    don’t count your chickens (before they are hatched)
     
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    (saying) you should not be too confident that something will be successful, because something may still go wrong
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