- Katherine Lee,1859–1929, U.S. educator and author.
- 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 bates
Mr. Bates then tells Anna that he knows, and she breaks down in his arms.
For a fleeting moment, it appears, Anna and Mr. Bates are happy.
This is the final scene you see between Anna and Bates in the whole season.
Directly after her emotional scene with Mrs. Hughes, Anna encounters Mr. Bates in the hallway.
For Rosolie, the threat was an isolated Indian tribe; for Bates, malaria.Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can
May 15, 2014
Bates was a stout sailor, rough in appearance, but with a warm and kindly heart.
The mandate was obeyed, and Bates was lodged in the forecastle, securely ironed.
Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.
They stopped short in surprise at the sight of Robert and Bates.
Bates touched his hat, for he judged this was the captain of the vessel he had seen.
- Sir Alan (Arthur). 1934–2003, British film and stage actor. His films include A Kind of Loving (1962), Women in Love (1969), The Go-Between (1971), and The Cherry Orchard (1999)
- H (erbert) E (rnest). 1905–74, English writer of short stories and novels, which include The Darling Buds of May (1958), A Moment in Time (1964), and The Triple Echo (1970)
- 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 bates
"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.