- 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 bate
Bate some expected gain for the risk you save, and say what is your price.'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
I didn't say that; I only said they gave me the name because they said I bate him.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
Do you think that I could be bate without allowing myself to be bate?Lavengro
“‘Bate me an ace, quoth Bolton,’” said Dr Thorpe, shrugging his shoulders.Robin Tremayne
Emily Sarah Holt
Be the holy japers that bates Bannagher, and Bannagher bate the divle.Lady Eureka, v. 3 (of 3)
Robert Folkestone Williams
- 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 bate
"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.