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verb \ˈbīt\

Simple Definition of bite

  • of a person or animal : to press down on or cut into (someone or something) with the teeth

  • of an insect or snake : to wound (someone) by pushing a stinger, fang, etc., into the skin

  • : to grab and hold something without slipping

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bite

bit play \ˈbit\ bitten play \ˈbi-tən\ also bitbiting play \ˈbī-tiŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound b :  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis

  3. 2 :  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon

  4. 3 :  to cause sharp pain or stinging discomfort to

  5. 4 :  to take hold of

  6. 5 archaic :  to take in :  cheat

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to bite or have the habit of biting something

  9. 2 of a weapon or tool :  to cut, pierce, or take hold

  10. 3 :  to cause irritation or smarting

  11. 4 :  corrode

  12. 5 a of fish :  to take a bait b :  to respond so as to be caught (as by a trick) c :  to accept a suggestion or an offer <offered them a deal but they wouldn't bite>

  13. 6 :  to take or maintain a firm hold

  14. 7 :  to produce a negative effect <the recession began to bite>

  15. 8 slang :  to be objectionable or extremely bad in quality :  stink, suck

biter play \ˈbī-tər\ noun
bite off more than one can chew
  1. :  to undertake more than one can handle

bite one's tongue
  1. :  to hold back (as from a reluctance to offend) a remark one would like to make

bite the bullet
  1. :  to enter with resignation upon a difficult or distressing course of action

bite the dust
  1. 1 :  to fall dead especially in battle

  2. 2 a :  to suffer humiliation or defeat b :  to come to an end

bite the hand that feeds one
  1. :  to injure a benefactor maliciously

Examples of bite in a sentence

  1. The hamster bit the child.

  2. She bit the cookie in half.

  3. Some people bite their nails when they feel nervous.

  4. A wild animal may bite if it is frightened.

  5. The patient had been bitten by a poisonous snake.

  6. The mosquitoes are biting tonight.

  7. Are the fish biting today?

Origin of bite

Middle English, from Old English bītan; akin to Old High German bīzan to bite, Latin findere to split

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of bite

  • : an act of biting

  • : the way the upper and lower teeth come together

  • : the amount of food eaten with a bite

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bite

  1. 1 a :  the act of biting b :  the manner of biting; especially :  occlusion 1b

  2. 2 :  food: as a :  the amount of food taken at a bite :  morsel b :  a small amount of food :  snack <have a bite to eat>

  3. 3 archaic a :  cheat, trick b :  sharper

  4. 4 :  a wound made by biting

  5. 5 :  the hold or grip by which friction is created or purchase is obtained

  6. 6 :  a surface that creates friction or is brought into contact with another for the purpose of obtaining a hold

  7. 7 a :  a keen incisive quality b :  a sharp penetrating effect

  8. 8 :  a single exposure of an etcher's plate to the corrosive action of acid

  9. 9 :  an amount taken usually in one operation for one purpose :  share

  10. 10 :  sound bite

Examples of bite in a sentence

  1. He ate the candy bar in three quick bites.

  2. She gave her lip a gentle bite.

  3. The fisherman felt a bite at the end of his line and reeled in a fish.

  4. My teenage daughter wears a special device at night to correct her bite.

  5. Don't scratch that mosquito bite.

15th Century

First Known Use of bite

15th century

BITE Defined for Kids



verb \ˈbīt\

Definition of bite for Students

bit \ˈbit\bitten \ˈbi-tən\biting \ˈbī-tiŋ\

  1. 1 :  to seize, grip, or cut into with or as if with teeth <bite an apple>

  2. 2 :  to wound or sting usually with a stinger or fang <A mosquito bit me.>

  3. 3 :  to take a bait <The fish are biting.>




Definition of bite for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of seizing or cutting into with the teeth <three quick bites>

  2. 2 :  a wound made by biting :  sting <a mosquito bite>

  3. 3 :  the amount of food taken at a bite <I just had a bite of dessert.>

  4. 4 :  a sharp or biting sensation <The pepper has a bite.>

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