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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

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    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.
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    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.
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  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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