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Bates

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noun
  1. Katherine Lee,1859–1929, U.S. educator and author.
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bate1

[beyt]
verb (used with object), bat·ed, bat·ing.
  1. to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.
  2. to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes.
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verb (used without object), bat·ed, bat·ing.
  1. to diminish or subside; abate.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of bate1

1250–1300; Middle English, aphetic variant of abate
Can be confusedbaited bated

bate2

[beyt]
verb (used without object), bat·ed, bat·ing.
  1. (of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.
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noun
  1. a state of violent anger or fear.
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Origin of bate2

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

bate3

[beyt]
verb (used with or without object), bat·ed, bat·ing.
  1. Tanning. to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.
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noun
  1. the solution used.
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Origin of bate3

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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  • "You look like a good seaman," said the captain, addressing Bates.

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    Horatio Alger

  • Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.

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    Horatio Alger

  • Bates touched his hat, for he judged this was the captain of the vessel he had seen.

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  • They stopped short in surprise at the sight of Robert and Bates.

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  • The mandate was obeyed, and Bates was lodged in the forecastle, securely ironed.

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British Dictionary definitions for bates

Bates

noun
  1. 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)
  2. 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)
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bate1

verb
  1. another word for abate
  2. with bated breath holding one's breath in suspense or fear
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bate2

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

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

bate3

verb (tr)
  1. to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
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noun
  1. the solution used
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Word Origin

Old English bǣtan to bait 1

bate4

noun
  1. British slang a bad temper or rage
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Word Origin

C19: from bait 1, alluding to the mood of a person who is being baited
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Word Origin and History for bates

bate

v.1

"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).

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bate

v.2

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.

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