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1bate

verb \ˈbāt\
bat·edbat·ing

Definition of BATE

transitive verb
1
:  to reduce the force or intensity of :  restrain <with bated breath>
2
:  to take away :  deduct
3
archaic :  to lower especially in amount or estimation
4
archaic :  blunt
intransitive verb
obsolete :  diminish, decrease

Origin of BATE

Middle English, short for abaten to abate
First Known Use: 14th century

2bate

verb
bat·edbat·ing

Definition of BATE

intransitive verb
of a falcon or hawk
:  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

verb \ˈbāt\
bat·edbat·ing

Definition of BATE for Kids

:  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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