\ ˈbag also ˈbāg How to pronounce bag (audio) \

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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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 Just yesterday, ’s creative director doubled down on his interest in the ’80s by showing leather trench coats and bags emblazoned with Basquiat paintings, that Vevers turned into prints. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Debbie Harry on Basquiat, ’80s Nostalgia, and What Stephen Sprouse Taught Her About Style," 12 Feb. 2020 This blaze-orange bag folds and fits in a camouflage pouch to easily pack into a hunt. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "Weird, Off-Beat, and Cool Guns and Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 11 Feb. 2020 The legislation would also temporarily pause any new plastics manufacturing facilities and phase out plastic products that can't be recycled, such as silverware, takeout containers and grocery bags. Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News, "E-cigarettes highlight the challenges of dealing with plastic waste," 11 Feb. 2020 There is something obviously insane about Parasite, a Korean film about the violence of wealth inequality, winning the top honor at an event that sends its honored guests home with $225,000 gift bags. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Dissonance of a Land Acknowledgment at the Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 Get your dental lace container, reusable facial rounds, and platinum-silicone storage bags. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Ditch the Plastic Packaging: 6 Refill Stores for Kitchen, Bath, and Home," 10 Feb. 2020 From fridge staples like butter and cheese to healthy on-the-go snacks and meals, these 12 picks deserve a spot in your kitchen or bag ASAP. Maya Mcdowell, Woman's Day, "These Are the 41 Home Products You Need to Try In 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 In one shot, Kloss appears as a hard-rocking, go-all-night girl wearing a sleek black one-shoulder Bottega Veneta dress with a must-have Pouch bag slung haphazardly over her shoulder. Harper's BAZAAR, "Some Say Love," 3 Feb. 2020 Ignik will also offer the technology in sleeping bag liners to fit rectangular- or mummy-shaped bags. Louis Mazzante, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Exciting New Winter Gear and Apparel from Outdoor Retailer 2020," 31 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Deer Park High School’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Evan Penny, Michna, Justin Bay-Shephard and MacLeod-Boyd scored four points when the group bagged 15th place with the time of 1:26.85. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Michna’s fifth-place finish leads Deer swimmers at state championship," 18 Feb. 2020 Pro grand prize winner Tom Rahill won $2,000 for bagging a 62-pound python. Washington Post, "80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt," 25 Jan. 2020 Watford’s last win at Carrow Road was in August 2010 in the Championship, as Danny Graham bagged a brace to inspire the Hornets to a 3-2 victory., "Norwich City vs Watford Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 6 Nov. 2019 Other acting nominees include Sandler, Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse), Aldis Hodge (Clemency), Alfre Woodard (Clemency), and Elisabeth Moss (Her Smell), while Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) bagged a nomination for Breakthrough Director. Joey Nolfi,, "The Farewell, Marriage Story, Uncut Gems lead 2019 Gotham Awards nominations," 24 Oct. 2019 In 2017, Steve Pond of The Wrap found that in fields where acting awards divided by gender were scrapped, men indeed disproportionately bagged more nominations and wins. New York Times, "Why the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys Are Not Ready for They and Them," 16 Oct. 2019 When Priyanka Chopra bagged a role as the protagonist of an American television show, she was showered with praise in her native India for making a leap into the Western entertainment industry that few other Indian actresses had. Vidhi Doshi,, "A recent episode of Priyanka Chopra's 'Quantico' has Indians fuming," 6 June 2018 While most bagged romaine lettuce grown in North America comes from California's Salinas Valley, production shifts to Yuma in late fall and winter. Author: Niraj Chokshi, Anchorage Daily News, "The E. coli outbreak is now the largest to span multiple states since 2006," 26 Apr. 2018 The city also recommends removing all decorations from the tree and avoiding bagging trees. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Done with your Christmas tree? The city will take it off your hands.," 28 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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)


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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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