with bated breath

Definition of with bated breath

  1. :  in a nervous and excited state anticipating what will happen They waited for the answer on their application with bated breath.

Word by Word Definitions

bateplay bated
  1. :  to reduce the force or intensity of :  restrain

    :  to take away :  deduct

    :  to lower especially in amount or estimation

  1. :  to attempt to fly off something (such as a gauntlet) in fear

  1. :  air filled with a fragrance or odor

    :  a slight indication :  suggestion

    :  the faculty of breathing

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