bag

noun
\ ˈbag also ˈbāg How to pronounce bag (audio) \

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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Other Words from bag

Verb

bagger noun, plural baggers

Synonyms for bag

Synonyms: Noun

poke [chiefly Southern & Midland], pouch, sack

Synonyms: Verb

balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bulge, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pouch, pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, stick out, swell

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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

The officer searched the car and found a book bag in the middle of the rear seat. cleveland.com, "Customer says brother en route from Kansas will pay for dinner: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 8 July 2019 Police accused the pair of dumping trash bags that contained Jennifer’s blood in Hartford. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn slams theory novel is related to missing woman case," 7 July 2019 Dugger, 64, has for the last four years worked with Cal Fire’s San Diego Unit, trying to encourage residents to trim trees, mow tall grass and bag up dead leaves. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California’s not enforcing wildfire-prevention rules for homeowners, leaving tens of thousands of properties vulnerable to big blazes," 7 July 2019 How much coho may factor in bag limits coastwide remains to be seen. oregonlive.com, "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 Some came more prepared than others, with plastic bags to put under their blankets and rain ponchos with hoods. Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY, "‘Are you proud to be an American?’ Why Trump’s 4th of July was a tale of three different celebrations," 5 July 2019 The items should be stored in a ready-to-grab waterproof bag or container, such as a plastic tub. Ramona Sentinel, "Strong quake prompts preparedness reminders from county," 5 July 2019 Start by using reusable produce bags and avoiding single-serving packaged foods. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 5 July 2019 In December, Prada discontinued a line of bag charms and window displays featuring monkey-like characters with outsize red lips. David Ingram, NBC News, "Italian airline Alitalia apologizes for showing actor in blackface as Barack Obama," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The best and safest way to dispose of any invasive plant material is to bag it and put it into the garbage – not compost it. oregonlive.com, "Need tips on how to prune back a rhododendron? Ask an Expert," 29 June 2019 Of 617 things bagged and tagged from September to May, people reclaimed only 76. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Homeless people protest SF collecting their belongings," 22 June 2019 Japan’s obsession with hygiene combined with its pride in ‘‘omotenashi,’’ or customer service, dictates that everything is meticulously wrapped, rewrapped, and bagged in multiple layers of plastic. Simon Denyer, BostonGlobe.com, "Japan wraps everything in plastic. Now it wants to fight against plastic pollution.," 18 June 2019 Hunting elephants is one thing, but bagging them is another. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "A Penalty for Box," 28 Feb. 2019 Mowers can mulch clippings (repeatedly cut and recut them), discharge them to the side or rear, or bag them. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 The blazing combo guard also bagged himself a style gig off the court with Express’ NBA Game Changers campaign, including fellow young athletes Brandon Ingram, John Collins and Denzel Valentine. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray Talks All-Star Weekend, the NBA Season So Far & J. Cole Fandom," 22 Feb. 2018 Hunt had double-bagged a 20-pound raccoon and placed him in a bucket in the trash bin. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Meet Danny Jackson, the man who cleans up roadkill from Cincinnati streets," 20 June 2019 Tjaden bagged two doubles against Deer Park and got on in other ways. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood’s 8U Pinto All-Stars nab second place in Coast Region Directors Tournament," 17 June 2019

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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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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
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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