\ 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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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 The San Antonio retailer is looking for people to stock shelves, load and unload products, refill displays and bag groceries. Madison Iszler,, "H-E-B, Amazon hiring temps like crazy in coronavirus panic," 17 Mar. 2020 Molalla River School District Meal bags containing breakfast and lunch will be distributed to students from 9:15-11:15 a.m. March 17-20 in the parking drive-through at Molalla Elementary School, 910 Toliver Rd. oregonlive, "How to get meals for kids while Oregon schools are closed due to coronavirus concerns," 17 Mar. 2020 Students at Olin College of Engineering donned garbage bag gowns and origami mortar boards. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "The Class of Covid-19," 17 Mar. 2020 For instance, staff is putting together book bags for different age groups that parents can pick up at the drive-through window at the library, 416 S Friendswood Drive. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood library gets creative during pandemic," 17 Mar. 2020 Those bags are designed to feed students over a weekend. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "After schools close, Alabama communities step in to feed students," 17 Mar. 2020 Breakfast bags at Tavan include a bowl of cereal, milk and an apple. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "How one Phoenix school is keeping kids fed through the COVID-19 pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 All that hard work and sacrifice is made plain in a Tom Ford suit, a Chanel bag or a Hublot watch. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Our clothes tell our story. What happens when the narrative is just pajamas and sweats?," 16 Mar. 2020 The Ravenswood schools in East Palo Alto made up take-home bags with books, writing prompts, math exercises, and login information for online learning programs. Jill Tucker,, "Bay Area teachers, parents fret over how to teach with coronavirus closures: ‘12 more hours until bedtime’," 16 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mistletoe plants can be removed with the use of a pole saw or pruner to be collected, bagged and sent to the landfill. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Ball moss, lichen, mistletoe. Only one is a parasite," 6 Feb. 2020 Xavier can bag a big win at home Wednesday when Marquette (14-6, 4-4 Big East) visits Cintas Center (8:30 p.m., FS1), exactly two weeks after the Musketeers' worst loss of the season at Marquette's Fiserv Forum. Adam Baum,, "Xavier basketball welcomes Marquette 2 weeks after a blowout loss against the Golden Eagles," 28 Jan. 2020 Officials from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission bagged the reptile and moved it to a safe location, the Eagle reported. Fox News, "Pennsylvania woman bitten by venomous snake while doing laundry," 19 June 2019 Investigators also noted that the resident’s oxygen device was tangled with the bed sheet and socks, instead of being bagged to prevent infection. oregonlive, "As coronavirus spreads in Northwest, an inside look at what happened at Life Care nursing home, a national epicenter with 5 patient deaths," 3 Mar. 2020 The Duchess is a fan of the sustainable shoe (and now bag) brand and has been spotted rocking the pointed flats on several occasions. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Rothy's, Meghan Markle's Go-To Sustainable Shoe Brand, Just Launched Makeup Bags," 3 Mar. 2020 The UVa defense for its part has bagged itself 32 sacks, four per contest. USA TODAY, "Bold predictions for Week 10 in college football," 2 Nov. 2019 Of course no one single clue is sure to bag you a liar in Werewolf, and your biggest mistake could be building a case around a false signal. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "How a Soviet Social Experiment Became a Game for Liars," 28 Sep. 2019 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

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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 Mar 2020

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“Bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 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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