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

News, opening her clutch to reveal a bag of fried chicken. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tiffany Haddish Brought Emergency Chicken to the Met Gala in Her Purse," 6 May 2019 On March 29, the store will launch limited-edition beauty bags of $100 worth of products, sold for $20. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Whole Foods' Annual Beauty Week Event Has Arrived and Every Product Is on Sale," 12 Mar. 2019 Anyone who's ever laid in bed sobbing from a movie induced broken heart with only a box of Kleenex and a bag of cheese doodles as consolation knows that Nicholas Sparks is the king of romantic dramas. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Definitive Ranking of the 8 Best Nicholas Sparks Movies," 20 Nov. 2018 Your bags are that perfect mix of classic and on trend. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Influencer-Loved Bag Brand Has a 15,000 Person Wait List," 18 Mar. 2019 In fact, the Ouverture bags aren't the brand’s first Bauhaus-style pieces. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "One Century Later, Bauhaus Is Still a Major Fashion Influence," 13 Feb. 2019 Coach: Best selling bags are 50% off through November 27. Glamour, "All The Cyber Monday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 25 Nov. 2018 And since bags and shoes are often out of sight during an event or meal, their power as a style-updater tends to get diluted. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "How to Make Your Boring LBD Feel New Again," 16 Nov. 2018 While some gear is necessary from a safety perspective (think: cold-weather sleeping bags, solid skis, microspikes) other things are just add-ons or upgrades. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "6 Tips for Making Outdoorsy Activities More Affordable," 20 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After a mostly lackluster showing in laptops, AMD’s APUs just bagged a really big win: ThinkPad. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Lenovo puts AMD Ryzen chips in ThinkPads, giving Intel's rival a boost," 8 May 2019 Snapper’s rear-drive hi-vac mower is primarily used for bagging. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Lawn Mower Buyer's Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy the Right Mower," 22 Feb. 2019 At a HelloFresh production facility in Newark, N.J., workers review shipping labels, put pesto into meal bags and and assemble bagged meals before packing for shipment. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "The Messy Business of Selling Meal Kits," 27 July 2018 Very Good, additional versatility or power 4-1/2 Stars: Outstanding, more emphasis on some combination of power, cut quality, bagging, or versatility. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Self-Propelled Lawn Mowers," 11 Apr. 2019 So far in 2018, the sharpshooters have bagged 178 of the rat-like creatures, an official said Tuesday (May 15), so the Parish Council is moving to extend the program for another two years. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Nutria in Jefferson Parish drainage canals to stay in SWAT crosshairs," 15 May 2018 When Ada’s fingers fidgeted too much, a housemaid attempted to bag the little girl’s hands in black cotton. Abigail Deutsch, WSJ, "‘In Byron’s Wake’ Review: Lout and Ladies," 13 Dec. 2018 The season will now give hunters the ability to bag a buck with the velvet antlers – though any buck taken does count against the hunter’s annual bag limit of two bucks, WTVC reported. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Tennessee allows first-ever 'velvet buck' hunt," 20 Aug. 2018 People who were in the vicinity at the time of the blast are being advised to bag their clothes and shower. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do if You Think You’ve Been Exposed to Asbestos," 20 July 2018

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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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