\ ˈbag 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 & Antonyms for bag

Synonyms: Noun

poke [chiefly Southern {amp} Midland], pouch, sack

Synonyms: Verb

capture, catch, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap

Antonyms: 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


She packed her lunch in a paper bag. She put the pencil in her bag. a tired old man with bags under his eyes


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

Every bartender has a bag of tricks to keep a lid on the situation. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Out drinking in Charlotte? Someone is always watching you.," 29 June 2018 From pints of Ben & Jerry’s and Snickers bars to bags of Doritos or a large Domino’s pizza, the cheat day makes these splurges not only okay but justified. Jennifer Still, Bon Appetit, "Can We All Stop With This "Cheat Day" Eating Already?," 19 June 2018 Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. CBS News, "Inside look at Border Patrol facility in Texas housing hundreds of children," 17 June 2018 The Queen greeted the couple wearing a blue day coat with a matching hat over a yellow and blue floral outfit and carrying one of her signature black bags. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Tea With Queen Elizabeth II and a Giant Baby Trump—a President's London Itinerary," 13 July 2018 Here’s a survey of some of the best bags out there now, guys. Max Berlinger,, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 Reducing trash including bags, straws and plastic containers is also a benefit. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 With the exception of a bottle of wine or a vase of flowers (flowers should optimally be sent in advance), a hostess gift would generally be handed to the host, wrapped, or in a pretty gift bag, with a gift tag or card attached. Southern Living, "The Etiquette of Giving: Your Gift Questions Answered," 12 July 2018 The bags, tied with loose string around the wrists and ankles, gave him bulbous extremities like paws. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After bagging each customer's groceries, Bradley delivered them on a cart to surprised parents and children in the parking lot. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "D-Backs' Archie Bradley surprises Fry's shoppers by pitching in with grocery service," 31 May 2018 Cummings is home in Prince George’s County this spring break week, bagging groceries and greeting customers at Wegmans supermarket. Washington Post, "A first-generation college student heads to Wegmans for spring break," 29 Mar. 2018 The young full-back bagged 10 goals and 15 assists in 127 appearances for Barcelona B side before his switch to Primeira Liga and helped Benfica to a second place finish last season., "Tottenham Receive Boost in Bid for Spanish Full Back With Benfica Willing to Sell," 10 July 2018 Trying his own meet-and-greet last week, Mr. Donovan bagged groceries for half an hour at a ShopRite, throwing a black apron over his white button-down shirt at Register No. 7. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "Out of Prison, Back to Congress? Michael Grimm Is Trying on Staten Island," 20 May 2018 Bring your own produce bags or carry home your loot in a reusable grocery bag instead of individually bagging your purchases. Mandy Ferreira, Good Housekeeping, "17 Ways To Produce Less Trash And Save Money—According To Zero Wasters," 12 July 2017 One of the most powerful and useful techniques is the process of vacuum bag molding, or vacuum bagging, in which a layers of composite material and adhesive are placed over a mold and then sealed in a bag. Tim Layton, Popular Mechanics, "Mastering the Art of Vacuum Bagging," 14 Aug. 2013 Then, armed with heady visions of the future and a little more knowledge about the world around them, Awesome Con attendees compressed their lightsabers, bagged their d20s, and filed out into the cool March evening. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "The Real Science Behind Your Favorite Nerd Culture at Awesome Con," 5 Apr. 2018 In his first season for the Reds, since his bargain move from Roma last summer, the Egyptian sensation has bagged 44 goals in all competitions, while racking up individual awards such as PFA Player of the Year and the Premier League Golden Boot., "VIDEO: Free-Scoring Mohamed Salah Jokes Why He 'Never Smiles' While Celebrating," 22 May 2018

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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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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.

: to get (something desired)


\ ˈbag \

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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