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Definition of the verb poach

What does poach mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: poached | poaching | poaches

  1. hunt illegally
    • examples: people are poaching elephants for their ivory | The men poach the area for animals | The men poach for animals in the area
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]I was hunting
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I was hunting game
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I hunted game in the woods | I stalked game in the woods
      [Agent - being] [Verb] for [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I hunted for game in the woods
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted in the woods for game

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): dig, feel, fish, hunt, mine, pan, scrounge.

    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic terms: hunt / hunt down / run / track down = pursue for food or sport
  2. cook in a simmering liquid
    • examples: poached apricots | The chefs poach the vegetables
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Jennifer baked the potatoesVerbs of Change of State: bake, barbecue, blanch, boil, braise, broil, brown, char, coddle, cook, crisp, deep-fry, french-fry, fry, grill, heat, microwave, overcook, overheat, pan-broil, pan-fry, parboil, parch, percolate, perk, plank, reheat, rissole, roast, saute, scald, scallop, sear, shirr, simmer, steam, steep, stew, toast, warm up
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Jennifer boiled the pot dry
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] in / on / with [Instrument]Jennifer boiled the pot dry on the stove
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] in / on / with [Instrument]Jennifer baked the potatoes in the oven
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Jennifer baked the potatoes to a crisp
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] in / on / with [Instrument]Jennifer baked the potatoes to a crisp in the oven
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]This oven bakes potatoes
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb]The potatoes baked
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adjective]Pots boil dry
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adjective] in / on / with [Instrument]Pots boil dry on the stove
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb]Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]Potatoes bake to a crisp
      [Patient - concrete object] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state] in / on / with [Instrument]Potatoes bake to a crisp in the oven
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Product]Donna grilled me steaksVerbs of Creation and Transformation: barbeque, boil, broil, clean, fry, grill, iron, microwave, pour, roast, scramble, set, toast, wash, weld
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]Donna grilled steaks
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]Donna grilled steaks for me
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: cook = transform and make suitable for consumption by heating

Alternative definition of the verb poach


  1. [transitive] to cook something in simmering water
  2. (derived from this) as in "cattle coming to drink had punched and poached the river bank into a mess of mud."
  3. [transitive, intransitive] to take game or fish illegally while trespassing on someone's property
  4. [transitive, intransitive] to take anything illegally or unfairly
  5. [transitive, intransitive] to cause an employee or customer to switch from a competing company to your own company

Specialised definition of the verb poach

Glossary of sports

to play a shot that properly should be handled by a partner in badminton, tennis, squash or handball (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / tennis / tennis doubles

to hit a ball, usually with a volley, that would ordinarily have been played by the partner

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for poach

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Google previewPairing with the Masters: A Definitive Guide to Food and Wine (2012)

by Ken Arnone, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan

Shallow Poach Shallow poach is a moist-heat method of cooking via steam and simmering and is intended for tender portion cuts of protein. The cooking liquid comes one-third of the way up the protein. It typically contains acid such as white ...

Google previewThe Art of Doubles (2007)

Winning Tennis Strategies and Drills by Pat Blaskower

Unlike the spontaneous move, the signaled poach is an irrevocable commitment to cross the net. Signaling will often help the reluctant net player who would otherwise never venture forth to experiment with uncharted territory, but it also forces ...

Google previewTennis--One Shot at a Time (2004)

Keep It Simple, Have More Fun by Ron Mescall, Chris de Brauw

The poach is a most vital play in mixed doubles because it ...

Google previewThe Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication (1884)

by Charles Darwin

the poach is the descendant of the almond, improved and Ohap.

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

POACH, v. poch [OF pocher, to thrust or dig out with the fingers—land was said to be poached when it was trodden into holes and mire by heavy cattle: F. pocher, to bruise (see PoKE 1)]: to intrude or encroach upon the grounds of another to ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (2005)

by Judith Siefring

poach on someone's territory encroach on someone else's rights.

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary; Or, The Accomplish'd Housewifes Companion ... (1723)

by John Nott

PoACH your Eggs, lay them in a Dish, trim them round with a Knife; melt some Butter with Anchovies, fry'd Flour, Salt and Juice of Lemon; pour this upon them, and serve them. - 27. To bless (£ggg mith 57tab.

Google previewWalker Remodelled. A New Critical Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language (1836)

by Benjamin Humphrey Smart

To POACH=pöutch, v. n. and a. Literally, to put in a pouch or pocket,-to steal game, or carry it off privately as in a bag:-act. To plunder by stealth; to soften or make mellow by keeping in a pouch or ocket; to make mellow or soft; and hence, ...

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Scrabble value of P3O1A1C3H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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