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"fish" in British English

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uk   us   /fɪʃ/ (plural fish or fishes)
A1 [C or U] an ​animal that ​lives in ​water, is ​covered with ​scales, and ​breathes by taking ​water in through ​itsmouth, or the ​flesh of these ​animalseaten as ​food: Several ​large fish ​live in the ​pond. Sanjay caught the ​biggest fish I've ​everseen. I don't like fish (= don't like to ​eat fish).an odd/queer fish mainly UK old-fashioned a ​strangeperson

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uk   us   /fɪʃ/
  • fish verb (SEARCH)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​try to ​find something, using ​yourfingers to ​look for it: She fished in her ​toolbox for the ​rightscrewdriver. [I usually + adv/prep] to ​try to get something, without ​askingdirectly: The ​director was fishing forinformation about ​ourstrategy. He's always fishing for ​compliments (= ​trying to make ​people say good things about him).
  • fish verb (ANIMAL)

B1 [I or T] to ​catch fish from a ​river, ​sea, ​lake, etc., or to ​try to do this: They're fishing fortuna. The ​sea here has been fished ​intensely over the last ten ​years.fished out If an ​area of ​water has been fished out, all or most of the fish in it have been ​caught.
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(Definition of fish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fish" in American English

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fishnoun [C/U]

 us   /fɪʃ/ (plural fish or fishes)
  • fish noun [C/U] (ANIMAL)

an ​animal without ​legs that ​lives in ​water, has a ​softouterbody, uses ​itstail and ​fins to ​help it ​swim, and ​takes in ​oxygen from the ​water: [C] How many fish ​live in the ​pond? [U] We had fish for ​dinner.


 us   /fɪʃ/
  • fish verb (SEARCH)

[I always + adv/prep] to to ​try to get something: Chimpanzees use ​grass to fish around in ​termitenests. We're ​trying to fish for some ​answers.
  • fish verb (ANIMAL)

[I] to ​try to ​catch fish: We were fishing for ​tuna.
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(Definition of fish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fish”
in Korean 물고기, 생선…
in Arabic سَمَك…
in Malaysian ikan…
in French poisson…
in Russian рыба…
in Chinese (Traditional) 魚, 魚肉…
in Italian pesce…
in Turkish balık, (yemek) balık…
in Polish ryba…
in Spanish pez, pescado…
in Vietnamese cá, thịt của cá dùng làm thức ăn…
in Portuguese peixe…
in Thai ปลา, เนื้อปลา…
in German der Fisch…
in Catalan peix…
in Japanese 魚, (食べ物としての)魚…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鱼, 鱼肉…
in Indonesian ikan…
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