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bag

noun \ ˈbag also ˈbāg \

Definition of bag

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
4 a :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 1a

Examples of bag in a Sentence

  1. She packed her lunch in a paper bag.

  2. She put the pencil in her bag.

  3. a tired old man with bags under his eyes

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Origin and Etymology of bag

Middle English bagge, from Old Norse baggi


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bag

verb

Definition of bag

bagged; bagging
intransitive verb
1 :to swell out :bulge
2 :to hang loosely
transitive verb
1 :to cause to swell
2 :to put into a bag
3 a :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 :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

bagger

noun

Examples of bag in a Sentence

  1. He got a job bagging groceries.

  2. The hunters bagged five deer altogether.

  3. We bagged 10 fish today.

  4. She's expected to bag the award for the team's most valuable player.

  5. I bagged the last seat so everyone else had to stand.

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Origin and Etymology of bag

Middle English baggen, verbal derivative of bagge 1bag

Synonym Discussion of bag

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

BAg

abbreviation

Definition of BAg

bachelor of agriculture

BAG Defined for English Language Learners

bag

noun

Definition of bag for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bag

verb

Definition of bag for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something) into a bag

  • : to kill or catch (an animal) while hunting, fishing, etc.

  • : to get (something desired)


BAG Defined for Kids

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bag

noun \ ˈbag \

Definition of bag for Students

1 :a container made of flexible material (as paper or plastic)
2 :1purse 1, handbag

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bag

verb

Definition of bag for Students

bagged; bagging
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

Medical Dictionary

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bag

noun \ ˈbag \

medical Definition of bag

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

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bag

transitive verb

medical Definition of bag

bagged; bagging
: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. BellThe Journal of the American Medical Association21 June 2000


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