poach

verb (1)
\ ˈpōch How to pronounce poach (audio) \
poached; poaching; poaches

Definition of poach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cook in simmering liquid

poach

verb (2)
poached; poaching; poaches

Definition of poach (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to encroach upon especially for the purpose of taking something
2 : to trespass for the purpose of stealing game also : to take game or fish illegally

transitive verb

1 : to trespass on a field poached too frequently by the amateurThe Times Literary Supplement (London)
2a : to take (game or fish) by illegal methods
b : to appropriate (something) as one's own
c : to attract (someone, such as an employee or customer) away from a competitor

Examples of poach in a Sentence

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Fox is suing Netflix for poaching two executives and is hunting for an injunction that would prevent the streaming giant from further interfering with Fox's agreements with employees. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Tells Court It Shouldn't Have to Disclose Which Actors Have Long-Term Deals," 23 July 2019 After poaching was banned in Australia in the 1970s, saltwater crocodile populations exploded. Matthew Abbott, New York Times, "The Revered Crocodiles of This Island Nation Have Suddenly Started Killing People," 6 June 2019 Of course, while a few elite colleges can grow modestly while retaining their exclusivity, by poaching top students from elsewhere, doubling enrollments across the board requires making top colleges less selective and less elite. Daniel Markovits, Time, "American Universities Must Choose: Do they Want to be Equal or Elite?," 12 Sep. 2019 Marcos Salvador, 28, got poached by the Los Angeles Fire Department. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Inside the Fire Academy, Part II: Who will survive the Grinder?," 5 Sep. 2019 Half of Africa’s lions have disappeared in the past 25 years and the species is threatened by poaching, loss of prey and habitat destruction, according to the zoo. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "No, you can’t take him home. But you can give the Denver Zoo’s lion cub a name," 30 Aug. 2019 Dash Rapid 6 Egg Cooker ($18.59, originally $19.84; amazon.com) Use this compact egg cooker to perfectly poach, scramble or boil up to six eggs at once. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "These are the 20 most popular products Underscored readers are shopping in August," 28 Aug. 2019 Since that one-off ivory sale, there has been a stark increase in poaching across range state, say elephant ecologists. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Some African countries want to tackle a wildlife taboo. Whether to start selling ivory again," 24 Aug. 2019 Now the biggest threat to the country’s wildlife is poaching, the scourge that afflicts parks and reserves across Africa. Washington Post, "South Sudan tries to protect wildlife after long conflict," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of poach

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1611, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for poach

Verb (1)

Middle English pocchen, from Middle French pocher, from Old French poché poached, literally, bagged, from poche bag, pocket — more at pouch

Verb (2)

Middle French pocher, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle English poken to poke

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More Definitions for poach

poach

verb
\ ˈpōch How to pronounce poach (audio) \
poached; poaching

Kids Definition of poach

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cook slowly in liquid

poach

verb
poached; poaching

Kids Definition of poach (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hunt or fish unlawfully

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