bate

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[ beyt ]
/ beɪt /
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verb (used with object), bat·ed, bat·ing.

to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.
to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes.

verb (used without object), bat·ed, bat·ing.

to diminish or subside; abate.

Idioms

    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 bate

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1250–1300; Middle English, aphetic variant of abate
Can be confusedbaited bated
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British Dictionary definitions for bated breath (1 of 4)

bate

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/ (beɪt) /

verb

another word for abate
with bated breath holding one's breath in suspense or fear

British Dictionary definitions for bated breath (2 of 4)

bate

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/ (beɪt) /

verb

(intr) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer's fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape

Word Origin for bate

C13: from Old French batre to beat, from Latin battuere; related to bat 1

British Dictionary definitions for bated breath (3 of 4)

bate

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/ (beɪt) /

verb (tr)

to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments

noun

the solution used

Word Origin for bate

Old English bǣtan to bait 1

British Dictionary definitions for bated breath (4 of 4)

bate

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/ (beɪt) /

noun

British slang a bad temper or rage

Word Origin for bate

C19: from bait 1, alluding to the mood of a person who is being baited
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