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bate

verb \ ˈbāt \

Definition of bate

bated; bating
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.

Origin and Etymology of bate

Middle English, short for abaten to abate


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bate

verb

Definition of bate

bated; bating
intransitive verb
of a falcon or hawk
: to attempt to fly off something (such as a gauntlet) in fear

Origin and Etymology of bate

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



BATE Defined for Kids

bate

verb \ ˈbāt \

Definition of bate for Students

bated; bating
: 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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