\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 & Midland], pouch, sack

Synonyms: Verb

capture, catch, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], 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

Plus, Virgin Voyages as a whole is firmly anti-plastic—no straws, no stirrers, no shopping bags. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Virgin Voyages Is Sailing to Cuba in 2020," 1 Nov. 2018 Attending the Audi Polo Challenge back in 2017 as a Suits actress and Harry's new love interest, Meghan wore the very same dress with a white blazer over her shoulders, black heels, sunglasses and a cute polkadot couch bag. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Just Rewore the Antonio Beradi Dress From Her First Ever Public Event With Prince Harry," 30 Oct. 2018 While shopping at the latter, a pile of Kit Kat bags caught my eye. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 For her engagements in Tonga earlier in the day, the Duchess opted for earthy shades of green and beige, pairing a striped Martin Grant dress with a Prada bag and emerald pumps. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Steps Out in Sydney Wearing a Graphic Oscar de La Renta Gown," 26 Oct. 2018 As expected, the Duchess had an outfit change on the plane and stepped out of the aircraft wearing a bright red Self-Portrait maxi dress and the same bag and clutch. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Jason Wu and Self-Portrait to Visit Fiji and Tonga During Royal Tour," 25 Oct. 2018 Remove turkey from the plastic bag and tie legs together with kitchen twine. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Dry-Brined Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Turkey," 24 Oct. 2018 The typical daypack conversion is little more than a flimsy shopping bag that feels bouncy and awkward throughout your summit bid. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 The company also will construct a fitness area, various walking paths and courts for horseshoes, bocce ball and bean bags. Michelle Mullins, Daily Southtown, "Homer Glen OKs $2.6 million for new playground, sensory garden; work to begin soon," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The last, sure-fire (ha!) technique to control these diseases is to go to containers — big containers — and filling them with new, high quality, bagged growing mix. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Tomato — the 'luscious beauty' of the garden and how to fight diseases," 8 June 2018 There’s a brief negotiation, then the man nets and bags the fish and hands it over. National Geographic, "‘Holy Grail' Test for Illegal Cyanide-Caught Aquarium Fish May Be Fatally Flawed," 5 June 2018 Correctional officers also confiscated bagged meals and four hamburgers the men had traded other inmates for their bologna sandwiches, the plaintiffs' motion for the emergency restraining order said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge orders state to serve adequate, pork-free meals to Alaska Muslim prisoners," 26 May 2018 Striker Fernando Torres, the first to congratulate him that famous night in Johannesburg, also bowed out in style, bagging a brace in the 2-2 draw with Eibar on his 404th and final appearance for Atlético Madrid. Henry Young, CNN, "The long goodbye - Barefooted Andrés Iniesta sits alone in empty stadium until 1am," 21 May 2018 Shipt's shoppers take care of selecting, bagging and delivering the items. Sarah Brookbank,, "Make a Target run from the couch. Same-day delivery starts in Cincinnati," 15 June 2018 Volunteers are on hand so drivers can pull up, place an order, pay and volunteers will bag and load the humus in your car. Carol Kovach,, "Chilly, soggy weather didn't stop Keep Lakewood Beautiful volunteers from sprucing up the city," 29 Apr. 2018 Martinez bagged two more goals in the second half, and those two scores were impressive. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Josef Martinez of Atlanta United gets hat trick, now one short of MLS record," 17 Mar. 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



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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