bag

noun
\ 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
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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Verb

bagger noun, plural baggers

Synonyms for bag

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 To bring a bag of cement into Gaza, developers have to submit their plans to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and then wait more than 15 days for approval, says Maher Tabaa, the head of public relations for Gaza’s Chamber of Commerce. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 During a medical timeout, a trainer taped that leg while Pavlyuchenkova was on a towel, a bag of candy within reach. Samuel Petrequin, chicagotribune.com, 12 June 2021 The Bruins didn’t make it to Game 7, bounced from their second-round series by Wednesday night’s 6-2 loss in Game 6, left with a hockey equipment-sized bag of what-ifs for a season of such promise. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 During a medical timeout, a trainer taped that leg while Pavlyuchenkova was on a towel, a bag of candy within reach. Samuel Petrequin, sun-sentinel.com, 12 June 2021 In February 2012, front-running French presidential candidate Francois Hollande was attacked onstage by a woman with a bag of flour while giving a speech in Paris. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 June 2021 That’s when police saw a small bag of marijuana in plain view inside of the Chrysler. John Benson, cleveland, 9 June 2021 This is undeniably true; this carrying technique is more like how someone might carry a bag of groceries, maybe, or a pile of books. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, 8 June 2021 One bag of food and one bottle of water per ticket will be permitted. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the 24-year-old is still hoping to bag more items. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 The request will also ask companies to provide cost estimates for the traditional fall leaf collection program, where property owners rake the leaves into the parkway for pickup, and a program requiring property owners to bag the leaves. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, 26 May 2021 Although funding dwindled in the past year due the pandemic, some 30 Under 30 Asia listers especially those based in India and China managed to bag a significant boost of cash. Rana Wehbe Watson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 How are you supposed to bag all your groceries without paper bags, plastic bags, or reusable cloth bags? Maren Estrada, BGR, 28 May 2021 How are you supposed to bag all your groceries without paper bags, plastic bags, or reusable cloth bags? Maren Estrada, BGR, 27 Apr. 2021 The discrimination starts even before candidates bag a seat. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 27 Apr. 2021 Crews will collect and bag roadside trash to be picked up later by Indiana Dunes National Park maintenance crews. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2021 Instead, Hennessy said the cashier waved them through the checkout lane, saying there wasn't time to bag anything. Eden Strachan, CNN, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of bag was in the 13th century

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17 Jun 2021

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“Bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bag. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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.
informal : to get (something desired)

bag

noun
\ 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)
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

bag

transitive verb
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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