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bate

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verb \ˈbāt\

Definition of bate

bat·edbat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce the force or intensity of :  restrain <with bated breath>

  3. 2 :  to take away :  deduct

  4. 3 archaic :  to lower especially in amount or estimation

  5. 4 archaic :  blunt

  6. intransitive verb
  7. obsolete :  diminish, decrease



Origin of bate

Middle English, short for abaten to abate


First Known Use: 14th century


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bate

verb

Definition of bate

bat·edbat·ing

of a falcon or hawk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to attempt to fly off something (as a gauntlet) in fear



Origin of bate

Middle English, from Middle French batre to beat, from Latin battuere


First Known Use: 14th century



BATE Defined for Kids

bate

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verb \ˈbāt\

Definition of bate

bat·edbat·ing

  1. :  to reduce the force or intensity of <… with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon his words … — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer>




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