\ ˈbag How to pronounce bag (audio) 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
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 bright side was seeing a guy like Rory McIlroy schlep his own bag for four hours. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Did you see how Cincinnati ranked for the Bundesliga re-opening?," 18 May 2020 So Ricciardo is packing his bags once more, retracing Sainz's steps from last season. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula 1’s driver chaos, explained," 15 May 2020 Is your stack of reusable bags stuffed in a closet somewhere? Ryan Prior, CNN, "5 ways to go green during the pandemic," 14 May 2020 Tiburcio offered Winslow a nod and a smile before hustling to empty the oranges from his bag into what looked like a mini hot tub. USA Today, "As coronavirus pandemic spikes orange juice sales, a Florida citrus grower gets squeezed," 13 May 2020 Their bag of takeout food from Milo’s, and a receipt stamped with the date and time of purchase, were part of the evidence considered by police at the crime scene. Mary Colurso |, al, "‘Southern Gothic’ TV series looks at Alabama murder case," 11 May 2020 The service ships items in reusable garment bags and encourages customers to return all plastic hangers and dry cleaning bags for reuse and eventual recycling. Elizabeth Wolfe, NBC News, "Clothing subscription boxes and sustainability: What to know," 11 May 2020 Shoppers who bring their own reusable shopping bags will have to bag their own goods. Matthew Boyle,, "Target Dumps 2020 Guidance, Halts Buybacks Amid Uncertainty," 10 May 2020 With her bag full of 4 pounds of the fresh green spears, Ms. Ferguson stops last at the stand of Jason Devela of Rockridge Orchards and Cidery to buy some rhubarb. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "At Seattle farmers market, a taste of new normal – and fresh asparagus," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Battelle’s West Jefferson site has since received scores of face coverings, double-bagged and stored in boxes marked with biohazard symbols. Brian Kaiser, New York Times, "Where Thousands of Masks a Day Are Decontaminated to Battle the Virus," 11 Apr. 2020 The market announced Thursday that all vendors would be pre-bagging produce. oregonlive, "Portland-area farmers markets get creative to serve customers, vendors in response to coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 In normal times, the bulk bagging machine in Owyhee Produce’s packing facility spins 50,000 onions—red, yellow, and white ones—into orange netted bags each hour. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Why Farmers Are Dumping Milk, Even as People Go Hungry," 23 Apr. 2020 Bread, tortillas, broth, potato chips and other snacks, and bagged salads were among items in low supply. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Water, toilet paper, hand soap and ramen: North Texas residents scramble to buy in bulk," 14 Mar. 2020 The angler who made the biggest move on Saturday was Texas pro Keith Comb, who bagged the biggest round with five fish at 23-10 to jump from 43rd place to 13th place. Cheryl Wray, al, "Hank Cherry retains lead after Day 2 at Bassmaster Classic," 8 Mar. 2020 Simon said the county might adopt guidelines used by Whole Foods stores, where customers can bring reusable bags, but must bag groceries themselves. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Enforcement of Cuyahoga County’s plastic bag ban to be delayed again, coronavirus concerns cited," 22 Apr. 2020 Newsom was the first governor in the nation to issue a stay-at-home order for people not engaged in essential services, such as providing healthcare, bagging groceries or operating gas stations. Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Newsom’s California Health Corps to fight coronavirus is unprecedented. Now he needs to produce," 6 Apr. 2020 In the coronavirus crisis, everybody does everything, from stocking shelves to bagging groceries. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "The New Front-Line Coronavirus Workers: Grocery Clerks, Delivery Drivers," 24 Mar. 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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29 May 2020

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“Bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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)


\ ˈbag How to pronounce bag (audio) \

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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