bag

noun
\ 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

bag

verb
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

Verb

bagger noun, plural baggers

Synonyms for bag

Synonyms: Noun

poke [chiefly Southern & Midland], pouch, sack

Synonyms: Verb

balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bulge, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pouch, pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, stick out, swell

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Verb

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

Because urine is nasty, sensors detect the urine within a second and rapidly pump it into a 1.7 quart (6.8 cups) collection bag. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Device Helps Fighter Pilots Pee at 30,000 Feet," 3 Jan. 2019 Meghan's bag is also a Victoria Beckham design, with the popular Powder Box style currently available for pre-order. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Stuns in Head-to-Toe Victoria Beckham at the Christmas Day Church Service," 25 Dec. 2018 The people who will reap the greatest benefits from these bags are those who travel a lot. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 Spectators go through security in the lobby of the building and need to remove their shoes to go through a second metal detector and X-ray bag scanner on the eighth floor. Claudia Torrens, The Seattle Times, "El Chapo trial becomes New York’s latest tourist attraction," 18 Dec. 2018 When that request was ignored, another agent, Officer Rivas, began rifling through Elsharkawi’s carry-on bag for a second time. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport," 18 Dec. 2018 Transfer royal icing to piping bag fitted with size 2 tip and use stencil as a guide to pipe snowflakes on top. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 Their belongings, taken from them at the US border, were piled in back, mostly black duffels and red plastic bags. Colleen Long, The Christian Science Monitor, "Families reunited, then deported to Guatemala," 12 July 2018 Keep it all in balance with a more subdued top and shoes, with a bag that has just a hint of shimmer. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Chic New Years Eve Outfit Ideas," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The idyllic image of a teen or young adult summer job — lifeguarding, scooping ice cream, bagging groceries — has faded a bit in American culture in recent years. refinery29.com, "My First Summer Job — & How It Got Me Where I Am Today," 29 June 2018 Shoppers drive to the store, select the items, bag them, and deliver them. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Instacart changes how it pays shoppers, but many say they’re now making less," 18 Nov. 2018 It was announced that Jake Paul had been cast as Dirk Mann in Disney Channel's series, Bizaardvark, making him the first Vine star in history to bag his own network television show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Jake Paul's Biggest Controversies," 26 Sep. 2018 Since mid-March, the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have identified five deaths and 210 illnesses caused by E. coli infections linked mostly to bagged, prechopped romaine. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak is finally over," 29 June 2018 Margot bagged the lead female role in the film, and Leonardo—though stunned—asked her to go ahead and slap him all over again. Zara Kenyon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Margot Robbie Slapped Leonardo DiCaprio During Her 'Wolf of Wall Street' Audition," 23 Apr. 2017 Many supermarkets are reserving parking spaces where customers and delivery services can quickly pick up online orders bagged at stores. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Online Orders Force Supermarkets to Rethink Their Stores," 2 Oct. 2018 At least 21 years ago, Langer saw an employee bagging a sandwich and taking it outside. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Norm Langer guides Langer's Deli through changing tastes," 14 Apr. 2018 At a seed-conditioning plant in Waterloo, Neb., farmers’ early preference for corn means Syngenta employees are working to clean, scan and bag more corn seeds than normal for this time of year to prepare them for sale next spring. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tariffs May Crown Corn King Again," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bag

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

History and Etymology for bag

Noun

Middle English bagge, from Old Norse baggi

Verb

Middle English baggen, verbal derivative of bagge bag entry 1

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bag

noun

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

bag

verb

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)

bag

noun
\ ˈbag \

Kids Definition of bag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bag

verb
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

bag

noun
\ 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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