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verb hack pronunciation in American English /hæk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhack
he/she/ithacks
present participlehacking
past tensehacked
past participlehacked
  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 elses 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.
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  5. 5
    [intransitive] to cough loudly
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  6. 6
    [intransitive] American old-fashioned to drive a taxi
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