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bate

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verb \ˈbāt\

Definition of bate

bated

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bating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce the force or intensity of :  restrain waited with bated breath

  3. 2 :  to take away :  deduct That grave and orderly senior was not going to bate a jot of his dignity … — George Eliot

  4. 3 archaic :  to lower especially in amount or estimation And I shall have to bate my price … — A. E. Housman

  5. 4 archaic :  blunt And now I have bated your curiosity … — J. F. Cooper

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 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

of a falcon or hawk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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

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verb \ˈbāt\

Definition of bate for Students

bated

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bating

  1. :  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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