\ ˈbag How to pronounce bag (audio) also ˈbāg \

Definition of bag

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a usually flexible container that may be closed for holding, storing, or carrying something: such as
a : purse especially : handbag
b : a bag for game
c : suitcase
2 : something resembling a bag: such as
a(1) : a pouched or pendulous bodily part or organ especially : udder
(2) : a puffy or sagging protuberance of flabby skin
b : a puffed-out sag or bulge in cloth
c : a square white stuffed canvas bag used to mark a base in baseball
3 : the amount contained in a bag
4a : a quantity of game taken also : the maximum legal quantity of game
b : an assortment or collection especially of nonmaterial things a bag of tricks
5 : an unattractive woman
6 : something one likes or does regularly or well also : one's characteristic way of doing things
in the bag
1 : sure, certain her nomination was in the bag also : assured of a successful conclusion : sewn up have the game in the bag
2 slang : drunk sense 1a


bagged; bagging

Definition of bag (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to swell out : bulge
2 : to hang loosely

transitive verb

1 : to cause to swell
2 : to put into a bag
3a : to take (animals) as game
b : to get possession of especially by strategy or stealth
c : capture, seize
d : to shoot down : destroy
4 : to achieve in or as if in competition : win bag a playoff berth
5 informal
a : to give up, forgo, or abandon especially for something more desirable or attainable decided to bag her job and move to the country often used with it I headed all the way across campus in the sleet for my 12:40, and after twenty minutes I just wanted to bag it and crawl back into bed.— Kate Haracz
b : to dismiss (someone) from a job or position : fire, sack Tiger's been losing his temper and his putting stroke. He shed his agent, and he bagged his caddy …— Robert Sullivan
6 medical : to ventilate the lungs of (a patient) using a hand-squeezed bag attached to a face mask I asked the respiratory therapist to continue bagging and assisting the patient while I sought the family's permission not to proceed with intubation.— Malinda H. Bell

Definition of BAg (Entry 3 of 3)

bachelor of agriculture

Other Words from bag


bagger noun, plural baggers

Synonyms for bag

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding. caught the dog as it ran by capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty. capture an enemy stronghold trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing. trap animals snared butterflies with a net entrap and ensnare more often are figurative. entrapped the witness with a trick question a sting operation that ensnared burglars bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey. bagged a brace of pheasants

Examples of bag in a Sentence

Noun She packed her lunch in a paper bag. She put the pencil in her bag. a tired old man with bags under his eyes Verb He got a job bagging groceries. The hunters bagged five deer altogether. We bagged 10 fish today. She's expected to bag the award for the team's most valuable player. I bagged the last seat so everyone else had to stand. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are options with or without wheels and lots of sizes to choose from (the extra-large bag is incredibly durable and one of our experts' go-to picks for vacations with kids). Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 This pretty pleated bag is a dream, thanks to its hands-free crossbody design. Vogue, 20 May 2022 Lucky for all of us the cross-body belt bag is hip and cool, so pockets aren’t his only vessel. Katie Dupere And Vanessa Powell, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 Dust can get into the air bag wiring in the steering wheel, disconnecting the electricity, the company said. Chris Morris, Fortune, 19 May 2022 Each bag is 100 percent eco-friendly thanks to its nonwoven material. Brittany Vanderbill,, 8 May 2022 The bag is sturdy and odorless, so there’s no need to worry about any worms or compost seeping out. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2022 As travel destinations begin to open up post-pandemic, let this cute canvas duffle bag be a loving reminder that your MIL deserves to go on some fun weekend getaways. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 This Sephora bag is multi-functional, sturdy, has pouches and is lightweight. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The candy giant has released a Late Night Taco Truck jelly beans bag as part of its 2022 Easter collection, with a taste meant to meant to capture the experience of snacking on the favorite Mexican delight. Dave Quinn,, 24 Feb. 2022 For those looking to bag peaks, Texas has those, too. Outside Online, 17 June 2021 Joveljić came off the bench to bag the only goal in the team’s last win and also found the back of the net as a substitute Saturday, only to have the goal denied on an offside call. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Overnight, Dorsey will bag a $270 million bonanza courtesy of what could be just about the only multi-billion dollar, ideologically-motivated, not-commercial takeover in history. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 There's no cashier, but a courtesy clerk will bag your groceries. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 Here in Colorado, my boys are angling to bag a fourteener this summer. Rachel Walker, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2019 On private lands — where hunters often pay steep fees to bag a pig — the percentage ranged from 81% to 93%. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Dorji beat out giants of world cinema to bag a nomination -- and with a debut feature, no less. Thomas Page, CNN, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bag


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bag


Middle English bagge, from Old Norse baggi


Middle English baggen, verbal derivative of bagge bag entry 1

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More Definitions for bag


\ ˈbag How to pronounce bag (audio) \

Kids Definition of bag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a container made of flexible material (as paper or plastic)
3 : suitcase


bagged; bagging

Kids Definition of bag (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to swell out Her clothes bagged around her.
2 : to put into a bag bagging groceries
3 : to kill or capture in hunting bag a deer


\ ˈbag \

Medical Definition of bag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pouched or pendulous bodily part or organ especially : udder
2 : a puffy or sagging protuberance of flabby skin an aging face with bags below the eyes


transitive verb
bagged; bagging

Medical Definition of bag (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ventilate the lungs of (a patient) using a hand-squeezed bag attached to a face mask I asked the respiratory therapist to continue bagging and assisting the patient while I sought the family's permission not to proceed with intubation.— Malinda H. Bell, The Journal of the American Medical Association

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