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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Origin unknown

hatch

1 verb
     
hatch
Related topics: Birds
hatch1
1 also hatch out [intransitive and transitive]HBB if an egg hatches, or if it is hatched, it breaks, letting the young bird, insect etc come out:
The eggs take three days to hatch.
2 also hatch out [intransitive and transitive]HBB if a young bird, insect etc hatches, or if it is hatched, it comes out of its egg:
All the chicks have hatched out.
3

hatch a plot/plan/deal etc

to form a plan etc in secret

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