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verb hack pronunciation in American English /hæk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlehacking
past tensehacked
past participlehacked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to cut something in a rough way, with a lot of energy, or many times

    We hacked a trail through the bushes to bring in our supplies.

    hack (away) at:

    The boys were hacking at the undergrowth with heavy sticks.

    hack something off:

    Jo hacked a piece off the block of cheese.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to spoil a piece of writing by removing or changing a lot of its parts
    hack something to pieces:

    The script had been hacked to pieces by an incompetent editor.

  3. 3
    [transitive] [usually in negatives or questions] informal to have enough energy or interest to deal with something

    I wasn’t sure I could hack the finance course.

    hack it:

    She just couldn’t hack it as a reporter.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to use a computer to connect to someone else’s computer secretly and often illegally, so that you can find or change information on it

    Young kids are finding they can hack the computers of large corporations.

    hack into:

    They hack into banks and transfer huge amounts of cash.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to cough loudly
  6. 6
    [intransitive] American old-fashioned to drive a taxi
  7. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    hack a phone to illegally intercept another person's phone calls or messages, especially by listening to their voicemail without their knowledge or consent

    Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 26/06/2014

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