bate

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[ beyt ]
/ beɪt /

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.

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Idioms for bate

    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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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, shortening of abate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bate

baited, bated

Definition for bate (2 of 3)

bate2
[ beyt ]
/ beɪt /

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

(of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.

noun

a state of violent anger or fear.

Origin of bate

2
1250–1300; Middle English baten to beat, flap (wings, etc.) <Middle French (se) batre ≪ Latin battuere to beat; cf. abate

Definition for bate (3 of 3)

bate3
[ beyt ]
/ beɪt /

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

Tanning. to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.

noun

the solution used.

Origin of bate

3
1870–75; variant of beat to pare off turf, Old English bǣtan to bait; cognate with Swedish beta to tan, German beissen to macerate
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British Dictionary definitions for bate (1 of 4)

bate1
/ (beɪt) /

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for bate (2 of 4)

bate2
/ (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 bate (3 of 4)

bate3
/ (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 bate (4 of 4)

bate4
/ (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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