poach

verb (1)
\ˈpōch \
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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After accusing Amazon of conducting a campaign to poach its third-party sellers, eBay has filed a lawsuit in California to ban the competitor from misusing its platform, per The Wall Street Journal. Nick Statt, The Verge, "eBay is suing Amazon over allegedly poaching its third-party sellers," 18 Oct. 2018 The spike coincided with the disarming of anti-poaching units, the group said. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Botswana hits back at critics on anti-poaching policy," 9 Sep. 2018 An ax and three pairs of shoes and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived. NBC News, "Rhino poachers eaten by lions on South African game reserve," 6 July 2018 She has also been involved with fund-raising for anti-poaching efforts and the translocation of rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. New York Times, "Gabriella Gentil, Kyle Hickson," 6 May 2018 African Parks assumes day-to-day management of countries' wildlife areas, seeking more efficiency and accountability in the campaign to protect flora and fauna from poaching and habitat depletion. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa," 7 July 2018 African Parks assumes day-to-day management of countries’ wildlife areas, seeking more efficiency and accountability in the campaign to protect flora and fauna from poaching and habitat depletion. Washington Post, "Backed by Prince Harry, conservation group expands in Africa," 7 July 2018 Until now, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte had refrained from poaching for members of his old staff at TCU. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte hires former staffer away from TCU," 7 June 2018 Native to the forested mountains of central China, panda populations suffered in the late 20th century from poaching, deforestation and encroaching human development. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Think," 21 May 2018

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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 \
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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