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verb poach pronunciation in American English /poʊtʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepoaching
past tensepoached
past participlepoached
  1. 1
    [transitive] to cook something in water, milk, or another liquid that is boiling gently
    Poach the chicken in white wine for 15 minutes.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to illegally catch or kill an animal, bird, or fish on someone elses property
    The two men were caught poaching lions on government land.
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