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

      

    fish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fish
    BrE BrE//fɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it fishes
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple fished
    BrE BrE//fɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪʃt//
     
    past participle fished
    BrE BrE//fɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fɪʃt//
     
    -ing form fishing
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] to try to catch fish with a hook, nets, etc. The trawler was fishing off the coast of Iceland. fish for something You can fish for trout in this stream.
  2. 2  [intransitive] go fishing to spend time fishing for pleasure Let's go fishing this weekend.
  3. 3[transitive] fish something (for something) to try to catch fish in the area of water mentioned They fished the loch for salmon.
  4. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to search for something, using your hands She fished around in her bag for her keys.
  5. Word Origin Old English fisc (as a noun denoting any animal living exclusively in water), fiscian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vis, vissen and German Fisch, fischen. Phrasal Verbsfish for somethingfish out somebody
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