poach - definition and synonyms

verb 

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/pəʊtʃ/
present tense
I/you/we/theypoach
he/she/itpoaches
present participlepoaching
past tensepoached
past participlepoached
  1. 1
    [transitive] to cook an egg without its shell in water that is boiling gently
    1. a.
      to cook something in water, milk, or another liquid that is boiling gently

      Poach the chicken in white wine for 15 minutes.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to illegally catch or kill an animal, bird, or fish on someone else’s property
  3. 3
    [transitive] to persuade someone to leave a group or organization and become a member of yours, especially by using secret or dishonest methods

    Canada has accused American baseball teams of trying to poach their best players.

    1. b.
      to take something such as an idea that belongs to someone else, especially by using secret or dishonest methods, and use it for your own benefit