- to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.
- to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes.
- to diminish or subside; abate.
- with bated breath, with breath drawn in or held because of anticipation or suspense: We watched with bated breath as the runners approached the finish line.
Origin of bate1
- (of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.
- a state of violent anger or fear.
Origin of bate2
- Tanning. to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.
- the solution used.
Origin of bate3
Examples from the Web for bated
Throughout Christmas eve and day, the world is monitoring with bated breath.Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
Hawking took 10 minutes to build up the answer on his computer and the audience waited with bated breath.Richard Dawkins: How I Write
November 27, 2013
We all may have waited with bated breath for Wiig's big, first post-Bridesmaids, post-SNL star vehicle.Is Kristen Wiig Still ‘Girl Most Likely’ to Succeed?
July 22, 2013
The first words which he said were spoken sacredly, with bated breath.Murder Point</p>
Dorothy listened with bated breath, then turned quickly to Katy.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
In the political clubs, his passing was discussed with bated breath.The Crevice</p>
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
Serina listened with bated breath as Horace read the confirmation.In a Little Town
To flee was impossible, so with bated breath he stood his ground.The Boy Land Boomer
- another word for abate
- with bated breath holding one's breath in suspense or fear
- (intr) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer's fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape
- to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
- the solution used
- British slang a bad temper or rage
Word Origin and History for bated
"to reduce, to lessen in intensity," c.1300, shortening of abate (q.v.). Now only in phrase bated breath, which was used by Shakespeare in "The Merchant of Venice" (1596).
c.1300, "to contend with blows or arguments," from Old French batre "to hit, beat, strike," from Late Latin battere, from Latin batuere "to beat, knock" (see batter (v.)). In falconry, "to beat the wings impatiently and flutter away from the perch." Figurative sense of "to flutter downward" attested from 1580s.