A bird such as a hen that sits on eggs to incubate them can be said to hatch the eggs. Then, when the chick emerges from the egg, you can also say it hatched.

Humans don't hatch eggs like birds do, but they can still incubate and then hatch a plan, invention, or idea. You may hatch a plan to surprise a friend for her thirtieth birthday party, but to ensure you don't end up with egg on your face, you should verify your friend isn't actually twenty-nine for the third year in a row! As a noun, a hatch is a trapdoor or other opening in the floor, ceiling, or wall that allows access.

Definitions of hatch
  1. noun
    a movable barrier covering a hatchway
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    cargo hatch
    hatch opening into the cargo compartment
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    movable barrier
    a barrier that can be moved to allow passage
  2. verb
    emerge from the eggs
    “young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch
    brood, cover, incubate
    sit on (eggs)
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    be born
    come into existence through birth
  3. verb
    sit on (eggs)
    synonyms: brood, cover, incubate
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    multiply, procreate, reproduce
    have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
  4. verb
    devise or invent
    synonyms: concoct, dream up, think of, think up
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    idealise, idealize
    form ideals
    cook up, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture
    make up something artificial or untrue
    mythologise, mythologize
    construct a myth
    unconsciously replace fact with fantasy in one's memory
    concoct, trump up
    make up a story
    vamp, vamp up
    make up
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    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  5. noun
    the production of young from an egg
    synonyms: hatching
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    birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition
    the process of giving birth
  6. verb
    inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
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    decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
  7. verb
    draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper
    hatch the sheet”
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    type of:
    mark with lines
  8. noun
    shading consisting of multiple crossing lines
    synonyms: crosshatch, hachure, hatching
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    graded markings that indicate light or shaded areas in a drawing or painting
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