Meaning of “fish” in the English Dictionary

"fish" in English

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uk /fɪʃ/ 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 its mouth, or the flesh of these animals eaten as food:

Several large fish live in the pond.
Sanjay caught the biggest fish I've ever seen.
I don't like fish (= don't like to eat fish).
an odd/queer fish mainly UK old-fashioned

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uk /fɪʃ/ us /fɪʃ/

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 for tuna.
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.

(Definition of “fish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 soft outer body, uses its tail 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 termite nests.
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)