- 1[transitive] poach something to cook food, especially fish, gently in a small amount of liquid poached salmon
- 2[transitive] poach something to cook an egg gently in nearly boiling water after removing its shell
- 3[transitive, intransitive] poach (something) to illegally hunt birds, animals, or fish on someone else's property or without permission The elephants are poached for their tusks.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] poach (somebody/something) (from somebody/something) to take and use someone or something that belongs to someone or something else, especially in a secret, dishonest, or unfair way The company poached the contract from their main rivals. Several of our employees have been poached by a rival firm. I hope I'm not poaching on your territory (= doing something that is actually your responsibility).
NAmE//poʊtʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they poach
he / she / it poaches
past simple poached
-ing form poaching