verb (1)
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bated; bating

Definition of bate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce the force or intensity of : restrain waited with bated breath
2 : to take away : deduct That grave and orderly senior was not going to bate a jot of his dignity …— George Eliot
3 archaic : to lower especially in amount or estimation And I shall have to bate my price …— A. E. Housman
4 archaic : blunt And now I have bated your curiosity …— J. F. Cooper

intransitive verb

obsolete : diminish, decrease The wind is bating.


verb (2)
bated; bating

Definition of bate (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

of a falcon or hawk
: to attempt to fly off something (such as a gauntlet) in fear

First Known Use of bate

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bate

Verb (1)

Middle English, short for abaten to abate

Verb (2)

Middle English, from Middle French batre to beat, from Latin battuere

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“Bate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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\ ˈbāt How to pronounce bate (audio) \
bated; bating

Kids Definition of bate

: to reduce the force or intensity of … with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon his words …— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer

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