hookhook2 ●○○ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1fishDSO to catch a fish with a hook 🔊 I hooked a 20-pound salmon last week.2fasten [always + adverb/preposition]FASTEN/DO UP to fasten or hang something onto something elsehook something onto/to something 🔊 Just hook the bucket onto the rope and lower it down.3bend your finger/arm etc [always + adverb/preposition]BEND to bend your finger, arm, or leg, especially so that you can pull or hold something else 🔊 Ruth hooked her arm through Tony’s. 🔊 He tried to hook his leg over the branch.4interest/attract informalMEET to succeed in making someone interested in something or attracted to something 🔊 cigarette ads designed to hook young people5electronic equipment [always + adverb/preposition] (also hook up) to connect a piece of electronicequipment to another piece of equipment or to an electricitysupply → hook-up 🔊 We’ve got a CD player, but it’s not hooked up yet.hook something together 🔊 Computers from different manufacturers can often be hooked together.6ball to throw or kick a ball so that it moves in a curve →hook up with somebody/something→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
hook• Only one strap of his overalls was hooked.• I hooked a 14-inchrainbowtrout.• The ball just hooked a little bit to the left.• A young man satslumped there, his index finger hooked down into his water glass, stirring the icecubes around.• I believe it was the fact that the preaching was truly expository that hooked him.• Banks used to give away toasters and stuff to hook new customers.• Gorman stood there holding his hat, his umbrellahooked on his wrist.• While there he begged a look around a semi-derelict Dakota and realised he was hooked on propliners!• He reached out with his umbrella and hooked the hat back.• All the computers in the office are hookedtogether.• Alvin and I just sort of hooked up.• Clients who are truly hooked will go to any length to meet their dealers' demands.From Longman Business Dictionaryhookhook1 /hʊk/ verb [transitive]1American English informal to succeed in attracting someoneThese tactics have helped hook such big clients as Coca-Cola.2to connect one piece of electronic equipment to another piece of equipment or to an electricity supplyhook something to/into somethingHook one of the telephone lines to the fax machine. →hook into something →hook something → up →hook up to something →hook up with somebody/something→ See Verb tablehookhook2 noun [countable]1MARKETING something that attracts customersFree hotel rooms are one of the hooks designed to bring in new clients.2off the hook if a person or business is off the hook, they are allowed to get out of a difficultsituation, especially one they might have been punished forThe broker isn’t off the hook yet for the security violations.3be on the hook (for something) American English to have to pay for something, especially something that is not really your responsibilityTwo dozen banks are on the hook for at least $100 million each.