\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another student pulled out a gift bag, and presented me with a new coat that the entire class had pitched in to buy for me. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Classmates’ presumptuous gift embarrasses recipient," 27 Apr. 2021 Finally, place your prepared spread into a piping bag and set aside. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Mint Lemonade Juleps? Yes please! Try these Derby recipes from Iroquois culinary students," 27 Apr. 2021 Before the crackers go on sale, there's a chance to win a free bag through an Instagram contest. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Goldfish teams up with Frank's RedHot for limited-edition spicy crackers. How to win a free bag," 27 Apr. 2021 Ellis was also accused of possessing adult-use marijuana in an unsecured container after officers recovered 10 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag, police said. Daily Southtown Staff,, "Southland crime: DUI arrest after car hits streetlight, mailboxes, tree and house in Orland Park, and more," 27 Apr. 2021 Inside the hospital complex on Saturday evening, Ms. Bansal sat on a stone bench, holding a big brown leather bag with some clothes, a blanket, soap and a toothbrush. WSJ, "India’s Covid Surge Is Most Ferocious Yet. ‘Spreading Like Wildfire.’," 25 Apr. 2021 Cynthia gave a Tiffany set that was much disdained by Porsha, who gave Baccarat perfume and a Gucci bag. Mary Sollosi,, "The Week in 'Wives: RHOA Christmas, RHONJ mom time, and RHOD '80s glam," 24 Apr. 2021 As a gardener would expect, details are included on filling a grow bag to allow for drainage, aeration and nutrition. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "‘Grow Bag Gardening’: No weeds, root circling or heavy lifting with these eco-friendly fabric planters," 23 Apr. 2021 There is nothing more transformational than a silk scarf in the spring—tie it around the handle of a more muted bag, try it as a belt, or use it as a headband when your ’do needs a little pick-me-up. Tonne Goodman, Vogue, "Then and Now with Tonne Goodman–Celebrating Earth Day With Sustainable Spring Florals," 22 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Creator has developed a fully autonomous burger-bot that can slice toppings, grill a patty, assemble and bag a burger without any human interaction. Mark Minevich, Forbes, "4 Advanced Innovations Moving Society Forward In 2021," 21 Apr. 2021 This model has a 16-inch cutting path and will bag or mulch clippings. Bob Beacham,, "Best cheap lawn mowers," 13 Mar. 2021 On Friday mornings, four other volunteers on the autism spectrum come over to the house to help sort and bag the items. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside teen with autism heads up new produce pantry for the needy," 12 Mar. 2021 Sophomore defender Charlotte Brown did well in Week 1 to bag herself one goal and two assists. oregonlive, "Staying on top of the ‘fall’ season: Week 1 stars in Oregon high school girls soccer," 11 Mar. 2021 While Judas is the more likely of the pair to bag an acting trophy, Metal has been racking up the guild nominations all week, which gives it the edge for me. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Oscar Futures: Our Last, Best Guess at the Nominations," 12 Mar. 2021 After following one of these methods, bag the moss ball and dispose of it in the trash. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "Have an aquarium? Here are the 5 things to know about invasive zebra mussels in moss balls," 12 Mar. 2021 One morning last March—Maura Thomson can’t recall specifically when in the early haze of the pandemic—Thomson and three others piled into a van and set out to bag the meters. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The Pandemic Prompts Cities to Rethink the Parking Spot," 11 Mar. 2021 Architects, the Brighton metalcore outfit, bag their first leader and first Top 10 entry with their ninth studio album. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Olivia Rodrigo, Architects Rule U.K. Charts," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a container made of thin material (such as paper, plastic, or cloth) that opens at the top and is used for holding or carrying things
: a soft container carried by a woman and used to hold money and other small things (such as keys or makeup)
: a container used for carrying personal things (such as clothes) when you are going somewhere



English Language Learners Definition of bag (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) into a bag
: to kill or catch (an animal) while hunting, fishing, etc.
informal : to get (something desired)


\ 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
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, 21 June 2000

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