\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 {amp} Midland], pouch, sack

Synonyms: Verb

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

Footage from the Ruffin Road business park showed task force officers and agents removing large black trash bags from a third-floor business. Alex Riggins,, "8 detained in DEA raids across county," 13 July 2018 The collection, which includes shirts, tops, jackets, and bags mostly made of denim features one of the brand’s most memorable images from the ’80s: Brooke Shields kicking up a leg as shot by Richard Avedon. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Calvin Klein’s New Label Is a Nostalgic Throwback," 13 July 2018 Gloves and garbage bags will be provided to volunteers. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Initially, thaw entire package for a few hours in the refrigerator, use what’s needed, then section out individual portions in separate freezer bags to refreeze. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Comics Craze •The first 500 attendees get swag bags and admission is free for all to the fourth annual Comicopolis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at White Oak Library District, 121 E. 8th Street in downtown Lockport. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "From fests to concerts to stargazing, lots of events offer free admission this summer," 12 July 2018 Summer's hottest designer accessories — from bags to baubles — are chic as shell. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "4 Shelly Accessories for Summer Beach Trips," 12 July 2018 These non-leather bags account for 54% of all handbag imports, or $540 million worth of products, according to Panjiva. WSJ, "From Seafood to Mattresses: How the Latest Tariffs Would Affect U.S. Businesses," 12 July 2018 By the time the photos were taken, the police had slipped canvas bags over his hands and feet to preserve evidence, the fingerprints and gunpowder. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hubbard looks excited when the python is caught and bagged -- the two high five after executing the capture. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Video shows man saving alligator as python nearly squeezes it to death," 19 June 2018 Police cataloged and bagged the blankets in the evidence room of the Baltimore Police Department. Tim Prudente,, "Decades after 75-year-old West Baltimore woman's killing, trial begins in cold case revived by DNA," 12 June 2018 All clothing and material objects will need to be bagged and run through a dryer. Julia Terruso,, "What to know about bedbug prevention, treatment," 5 July 2018 The 22-year-old scored 17 goals in his 29 appearances in the Eredivisie last season, and bagged the only goal of the game in Mexico’s victory over Germany at the start of the World Cup., "Arsenal Ramp Up Interest in Mexico International Hirving Lozano After World Cup Displays," 4 July 2018 Most fruits and vegetables don’t need to be bagged to safely make it from your cart to your home. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "9 Things You Can Do to Stop Ocean Plastic Pollution," 22 Jan. 2018 After bagging each customer's groceries, Bradley delivered them on a cart to surprised parents and children in the parking lot. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "D-Backs' Archie Bradley surprises Fry's shoppers by pitching in with grocery service," 31 May 2018 Cummings is home in Prince George’s County this spring break week, bagging groceries and greeting customers at Wegmans supermarket. Washington Post, "A first-generation college student heads to Wegmans for spring break," 29 Mar. 2018 The young full-back bagged 10 goals and 15 assists in 127 appearances for Barcelona B side before his switch to Primeira Liga and helped Benfica to a second place finish last season., "Tottenham Receive Boost in Bid for Spanish Full Back With Benfica Willing to Sell," 10 July 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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bag and baggage


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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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