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bag

noun

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1 a container made of a flexible material (as paper or plastic)
  • she carries her towel and other supplies to the beach in a bright, colorful bag slung over her arm

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2 a container for carrying money and small personal items
  • she keeps her keys, phone, and wallet each in separate compartments in her bag so that she always knows where they are

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bag

verb

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1 to extend outward beyond a usual point
  • the shirt bagged at the waist

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2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • bagged a deer while hunting last weekend

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3 to give up (a job or office)
  • if the supervisor says one more nasty thing to me, I'm going to bag this stupid job

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  • hire (out or on)

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4 to obtain (as a goal) through effort
  • bagged a full fellowship at one of the nation's leading universities

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5 to receive as return for effort
  • bagged an acting nomination for a truly inspired performance

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How does the verb bag contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of bag are capture, catch, ensnare, entrap, snare, and trap. While all these words mean "to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing," bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey.

bagged a brace of pheasants

Where would capture be a reasonable alternative to bag?

The words capture and bag can be used in similar contexts, but capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty.

capture an enemy stronghold

When is it sensible to use catch instead of bag?

While in some cases nearly identical to bag, catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding.

caught the dog as it ran by

How do entrap and ensnare relate to one another, in the sense of bag?

Both entrap and ensnare more often are figurative.

entrapped the witness with a trick question

a sting operation that ensnared burglars

How is trap related to other words for bag?

Trap, snare, entrap, and 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

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The first known use of bag was in the 13th century

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“Bag.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bag. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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