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verb hatch pronunciation in British English /hætʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhatch
he/she/ithatches
present participlehatching
past tensehatched
past participlehatched
  1. 1

    hatch

    or

    hatch out

    [intransitive/transitive] if a baby bird, fish, insect etc hatches or is hatched, it comes out of its egg and is born

    Mosquito larvae are hatching in the pond.

    Eleven chicks have been hatched since July.

    1. a.
      if an egg hatches or is hatched, it breaks open so that the baby bird, fish, insect etc inside can come out

      Eagle eggs usually hatch between late May and early June.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if you hatch something such as a plan, you plan it, especially in secret

    He hatched a plan with Matt to sell things on the Internet.

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