hatches; hatched; hatching
1 a [no object] of a bird, insect, fish, etc. : to come out of an egg : to be born by coming out of an egg
We watched the chicks hatch.
1 b [+ object] : to cause (a young bird, insect, fish, etc.) to come out of an egg — usually used as (be) hatched
newly hatched chicks
2 a [no object] of an egg : to break open as a young bird, insect, fish, etc., is born
The eggs will soon hatch.
2 b [+ object] : to cause (an egg) to hatch
a hen hatching her eggs
3 [+ object] : to create or produce (something, such as an idea or a plan) usually in a secret way
They hatched a plot to overthrow the government.
hatch (up) a scheme