\ 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
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
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 itI 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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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 According to court documents, Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse through a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him before trying to wrestle his rifle away. CBS News, "Lone survivor of Kenosha protest shooting speaks out: "I'm in constant pain"," 11 Sep. 2020 Make sure to pack your child at least one extra face mask in a plastic bag, Mattke said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Pandemic preschool: How to navigate sending your kid into an unfamiliar building with masked strangers," 8 Sep. 2020 Tortilla chips in a plastic bag and small plastic containers of salsa. Phillip Valys,, "Let’s Eat Safely, South Florida: Which Broward, Palm Beach restaurants do COVID-19 dining right?," 5 Sep. 2020 Body light as a plastic bag floating around, and causing just as much harm to society. Amy Collier, The New Yorker, "Some Calming New Breathing Exercises to Try Out," 5 Sep. 2020 Rosenbaum, who appears unarmed, throws what is described as a plastic bag at Rittenhouse and misses, the complaint says. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Suspects in Kenosha, Portland shootings have self-defense claims in common," 5 Sep. 2020 Police removed the backpack from the car and found three hypodermic syringes, part of a straw, a metal spoon and a crushed pill inside a small plastic bag. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Woman chases man who stole T-shirt: Berea Police Blotter," 4 Sep. 2020 Wet the new rhizomes, put them in a large, plastic garbage bag and place it in the shade. Dan Gill,, "It's a net gain of Louisiana irises: Divide them now, then use the pieces to create more plants," 3 Sep. 2020 Store zucchini in a plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper drawer and use within four to five days. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Have a garden load of zucchini? Pair with summer corn for fresh tasting relish," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Both parties encourage its use, even when some national politicians bag on vote-by-mail. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "Want to understand Arizona politics? This glossary of Grand Canyon State terms will help," 9 Sep. 2020 While many Americans can work from home, those who bag groceries, prep to-go orders at restaurants, tend to gardens and pick crops are often Latinos. Tatiana Sánchez,, "Latinos make up 75% of coronavirus cases in largely white Marin County. Will new equity efforts help?," 8 Sep. 2020 Customers who use the Dash Cart will be expected to bag their own groceries, and should expect to have a shop that won't need more than two bags, says Helbling. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Amazon Fresh opens first supermarket in Los Angeles with checkout in cart," 27 Aug. 2020 The new rover, named Perseverance, is equipped to search for signs of past life on Mars and to bag rock samples to be returned to Earth for further study on a future mission. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Did life on Earth come from space? Chummy microbes offer clues.," 26 Aug. 2020 Why is Utah playing high school football in August and this fall when neighboring states such as Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada have decided to bag it due to coronavirus? oregonlive, "Why Utah is playing high school football this fall, and drawing some Oregon athletes to transfer there," 17 Aug. 2020 Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura in the Grand Final of the Norwegian's $1 million signature tour to bag the $140,000 champion's prize and bring his total Tour winnings to $349,500. Ben Morse, CNN, "Magnus Carlsen wins richest and most-watched online chess event ever," 21 Aug. 2020 Avoid incurring fines and your neighbors’ wrath: Sweep and bag up your clippings. cleveland, "Dear Annie: I’m tired of my wife giving me the silent treatment when she gets mad at me," 1 Aug. 2020 Avoid incurring fines and your neighbors' wrath: Sweep and bag up your clippings. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Wife punishes husband with the silent treatment," 1 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of bag was in the 13th century

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20 Sep 2020

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“Bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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)


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


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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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