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bait

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verb \ˈbāt\

Simple Definition of bait

  • : to put a piece of food on (a hook) or in (a trap) in order to attract and catch fish or animals

  • : to try to make (someone) angry by using criticism or insults

  • : to use dogs to make (an animal, such as a bear or bull) angry or afraid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bait

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to persecute or exasperate with unjust, malicious, or persistent attacks b :  tease

  3. 2 a :  to harass (as a chained animal) with dogs usually for sport b :  to attack by biting and tearing

  4. 3 a :  to furnish with bait b :  entice, lure

  5. 4 :  to give food and drink to (an animal) especially on the road

  6. intransitive verb
  7. archaic :  to stop for food and rest when traveling

baiter

noun

Examples of bait in a sentence

  1. baiting hooks with live worms

  2. The interviewer kept baiting the politician by asking him whether he was lying.



Origin and Etymology of bait

Middle English, from Old Norse beita; akin to Old English bǣtan to bait, bītan to bite — more at bite


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of bait

bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim <baited the chained dog>. badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy <badgered her father for a car>. heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker <drunks heckled the stand-up comic>. hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering <football players hectored by their coach>. chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging <chivied the new student mercilessly>. hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing <hounded by creditors>.

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bait

noun

Simple Definition of bait

  • : something (such as a piece of food) that is used to attract fish or animals so they can be caught

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bait

  1. 1 a :  something (as food) used in luring especially to a hook or trap b :  a poisonous material placed where it will be eaten by harmful or objectionable animals

  2. 2 :  lure, temptation

Examples of bait in a sentence

  1. cheese used for bait in mousetraps

  2. Wait until the fish takes the bait.

  3. a wide selection of lures and baits



Origin and Etymology of bait

Middle English, from Old Norse beit pasturage & beita food; akin to Old English bītan to bite


First Known Use: 14th century

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BAIT Defined for Kids

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bait

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noun \ˈbāt\

Definition of bait for Students

  1. :  something that is used to attract fish or animals so they can be caught




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bait

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verb

Definition of bait for Students

baited

baiting

  1. 1 :  to put something (as food) on or in to attract and catch fish or animals <bait a trap>

  2. 2 :  to torment by mean or unjust attacks <They baited him by using a nickname he hated.>





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