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bait 1

 (bāt)
n.
1.
a. Food or other lure placed on a hook or in a trap and used in the taking of fish, birds, or other animals.
b. Something, such as a worm, used for this purpose.
2. An enticement, temptation, or provocation: He did not take the bait by responding to the taunt and getting drawn into an argument.
v. bait·ed, bait·ing, baits
v.tr.
1. To place a lure in (a trap) or on (a fishing hook).
2. To entice or provoke, especially by trickery or strategy: He baited me into selling him my bike by saying how much I deserved a better one.
3. To set dogs upon (a chained animal, for example) for sport.
4. To taunt or torment (someone), as with persistent insults or ridicule: "He baited him mercilessly and had all sorts of unpleasant names for him" (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala).
5. To feed (an animal), especially on a journey.
v.intr. Archaic
To stop for food or rest during a trip.

[Middle English, from Old Norse beita, food, fodder, fish bait. V., from Old Norse beita, to put animals to pasture, hunt with dogs; see bheid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

bait′er n.
Usage Note: The word baited is sometimes incorrectly substituted for the etymologically correct but unfamiliar word bated ("abated; suspended") in the expression bated breath.

bait 2

 (bāt)
v.
Variant of bate2.

bait

(beɪt)
n
1. (Angling) something edible, such as soft bread paste, worms, or pieces of meat, fixed to a hook or in a trap to attract fish or animals
2. an enticement; temptation
3. a variant spelling of bate4
4. dialect Northern English food, esp a packed lunch
5. archaic a short stop for refreshment during a journey
vb
6. (Hunting) (tr) to put a piece of food on or in (a hook or trap)
7. (tr) to persecute or tease
8. (tr) to entice; tempt
9. (Hunting) (tr) to set dogs upon (a bear, etc)
10. (tr) archaic to feed (a horse), esp during a break in a journey
11. (intr) archaic to stop for rest and refreshment during a journey
[C13: from Old Norse beita to hunt, persecute; related to Old English bǣtan to restrain, hunt, Old High German beizen]
Usage: The phrase with bated breath is sometimes wrongly spelled with baited breath

bait

(beɪt)
vb
(Falconry) a variant spelling of bate2

bait

(beɪt)
n.
1. food, or some substitute, used as a lure in fishing, trapping, etc.
2. a poisoned lure used in exterminating pests.
3. an allurement; enticement.
v.t.
4. to prepare (a hook or trap) with bait.
5. to lure, as with bait.
6. to set dogs upon (an animal) for sport.
7. to torment, esp. with malicious remarks; harass.
8. to tease.
9. to feed and water (an animal) during a journey.
v.i. Archaic.
10. to stop for food or refreshment during a journey.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse, probably reflecting both beita to pasture, hunt, chase with dogs or hawks (ultimately causative of bīta to bite) and beita fish bait]
bait′er, n.

bait


Past participle: baited
Gerund: baiting

Imperative
bait
bait
Present
I bait
you bait
he/she/it baits
we bait
you bait
they bait
Preterite
I baited
you baited
he/she/it baited
we baited
you baited
they baited
Present Continuous
I am baiting
you are baiting
he/she/it is baiting
we are baiting
you are baiting
they are baiting
Present Perfect
I have baited
you have baited
he/she/it has baited
we have baited
you have baited
they have baited
Past Continuous
I was baiting
you were baiting
he/she/it was baiting
we were baiting
you were baiting
they were baiting
Past Perfect
I had baited
you had baited
he/she/it had baited
we had baited
you had baited
they had baited
Future
I will bait
you will bait
he/she/it will bait
we will bait
you will bait
they will bait
Future Perfect
I will have baited
you will have baited
he/she/it will have baited
we will have baited
you will have baited
they will have baited
Future Continuous
I will be baiting
you will be baiting
he/she/it will be baiting
we will be baiting
you will be baiting
they will be baiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been baiting
you have been baiting
he/she/it has been baiting
we have been baiting
you have been baiting
they have been baiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been baiting
you will have been baiting
he/she/it will have been baiting
we will have been baiting
you will have been baiting
they will have been baiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been baiting
you had been baiting
he/she/it had been baiting
we had been baiting
you had been baiting
they had been baiting
Conditional
I would bait
you would bait
he/she/it would bait
we would bait
you would bait
they would bait
Past Conditional
I would have baited
you would have baited
he/she/it would have baited
we would have baited
you would have baited
they would have baited

bait


Past participle: baited
Gerund: baiting

Imperative
bait
bait
Present
I bait
you bait
he/she/it baits
we bait
you bait
they bait
Preterite
I baited
you baited
he/she/it baited
we baited
you baited
they baited
Present Continuous
I am baiting
you are baiting
he/she/it is baiting
we are baiting
you are baiting
they are baiting
Present Perfect
I have baited
you have baited
he/she/it has baited
we have baited
you have baited
they have baited
Past Continuous
I was baiting
you were baiting
he/she/it was baiting
we were baiting
you were baiting
they were baiting
Past Perfect
I had baited
you had baited
he/she/it had baited
we had baited
you had baited
they had baited
Future
I will bait
you will bait
he/she/it will bait
we will bait
you will bait
they will bait
Future Perfect
I will have baited
you will have baited
he/she/it will have baited
we will have baited
you will have baited
they will have baited
Future Continuous
I will be baiting
you will be baiting
he/she/it will be baiting
we will be baiting
you will be baiting
they will be baiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been baiting
you have been baiting
he/she/it has been baiting
we have been baiting
you have been baiting
they have been baiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been baiting
you will have been baiting
he/she/it will have been baiting
we will have been baiting
you will have been baiting
they will have been baiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been baiting
you had been baiting
he/she/it had been baiting
we had been baiting
you had been baiting
they had been baiting
Conditional
I would bait
you would bait
he/she/it would bait
we would bait
you would bait
they would bait
Past Conditional
I would have baited
you would have baited
he/she/it would have baited
we would have baited
you would have baited
they would have baited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bait - anything that serves as an enticementbait - anything that serves as an enticement
enticement, temptation - something that seduces or has the quality to seduce
2.bait - something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killedbait - something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
chum - bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish
device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"
fish lure, fisherman's lure - (angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers
ground bait - bait scattered on the water to attract fish
stool pigeon - a dummy pigeon used to decoy others
trap - a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
Verb1.bait - harass with persistent criticism or carpingbait - harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
bemock, mock - treat with contempt; "The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"
jeer, scoff, flout, gibe, barrack - laugh at with contempt and derision; "The crowd jeered at the speaker"
banter, chaff, jolly, josh, kid - be silly or tease one another; "After we relaxed, we just kidded around"
2.bait - lure, entice, or entrap with baitbait - lure, entice, or entrap with bait  
entice, lure, tempt - provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion; "He lured me into temptation"
3.bait - attack with dogs or set dogs upon
assail, assault, set on, attack - attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

bait

noun
1. lure, attraction, incentive, carrot (informal), temptation, bribe, magnet, snare, inducement, decoy, carrot and stick, honeypot, enticement, allurement bait to attract audiences for advertisements
verb
1. tease, provoke, annoy, irritate, guy (informal), bother, needle (informal), plague (informal), mock, rag, rib (informal), wind up (Brit. slang), hound, torment, harass, ridicule, taunt, hassle (informal), aggravate (informal), badger, gall, persecute, pester, goad, irk, bedevil, take the mickey out of (informal), take the piss out of (taboo slang), chaff, gibe, get on the nerves of (informal), nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), be on the back of (slang), piss you off (taboo slang), get in the hair of (informal), get or take a rise out of He delighted in baiting his mother.

bait

noun
1. Something that attracts, especially with the promise of pleasure or reward:
2. Something that leads one into a place or situation from which escape is difficult:
verb
1. To torment with persistent insult or ridicule:
Informal: needle, ride.
Idiom: wave the red flag in front of the bull.
2. To disturb by repeated attacks:
3. To excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach:
Translations
طُعْم لِصَيْدِ السَّمَكيَضَعُ الطُّعم على
esquer
návnadanasadit návnadu
agnlokkemadmadding
csalétket tesz
beita
먹이미끼
jaukaspadėti jauką
ēsmauzlikt ēsmu
nastaviť návnadu
vaba
olta veya kapan yemiyemyem vermekyemlemek

bait

[beɪt]
A. N (Fishing, Hunting) → cebo m (fig) → anzuelo m, cebo m
to rise to the bait he didn't rise to the baitno picó
to swallow the bait (lit) → picar (fig) → morder el anzuelo, caer en la trampa
B. VT
1. [+ hook, trap] → cebar
2. (= torment) [+ person, animal] → atormentar

bait

[ˈbeɪt]
n
(lit) (for fish, animal)appât m
(fig)appât m
to use sb as bait
He used me as bait → Je lui ai servi d'appât.
to take the bait, to rise to the bait (British)mordre à l'hameçon
vt
(lit) [+ trap, hook] → amorcer; [+ animal] → amorcer, appâter
(fig) (= needle, tease) [+ person] → provoquer
(= set dogs on) [+ bear, badger] → lâcher les chiens sur

bait

n (lit, fig)Köder m; to take or swallow the bait, to rise to the bait (lit, fig)anbeißen; (fig: = be trapped) → sich ködern lassen
vt
hook, trapmit einem Köder versehen, beködern
(= torment) animal(mit Hunden) hetzen; personquälen

bait

[beɪt]
1. n (also) (fig) → esca
he didn't rise to the bait (fig) → non ha abboccato (all'amo)
2. vt (hook) → innescare; (trap) → munire di esca; (torment, person, animal) → stuzzicare, tormentare

bait

(beit) noun
food used to attract fish, animals etc which one wishes to catch, kill etc. Before he went fishing he dug up some worms for bait.
verb
to put bait on or in (a hook, trap etc). He baited the mousetrap with cheese.
References in classic literature ?
Damon had objected to its being brought along, but the guide had said it would do for fish bait.
Notwithstanding this apparent adherence in Magua to the original determination of his conquerors, Heyward could not believe his tempting bait was so soon forgotten; and he knew the windings of an Indian's path too well to suppose that its apparent course led directly to its object, when artifice was at all necessary.
Well, then, interrupted Bunger, give him your left arm for bait to get the right.
When we got to the town of course I had a good bait, but as the master's business engaged him a long time we did not start for home till rather late in the afternoon.
You went about with your soul full of suspicion and hatred; you understood that you were environed by hostile powers that were trying to get your money, and who used all the virtues to bait their traps with.
There did not seem to be brains enough in the entire nursery, so to speak, to bait a fish-hook with; but you didn't seem to mind that, after a little, because you soon saw that brains were not needed in a society like that, and in- deed would have marred it, hindered it, spoiled its sym- metry -- perhaps rendered its existence impossible.
Well, the days went along, and the river went down between its banks again; and about the first thing we done was to bait one of the big hooks with a skinned rabbit and set it and catch a catfish that was as big as a man, being six foot two inches long, and weighed over two hundred pounds.
When Jeff arrived, Tom accosted him; and "led up" warily to opportunities for remark about Becky, but the giddy lad never could see the bait.
So, when they stopped to bait the horse, and ate and drank and enjoyed themselves, I could touch nothing that they touched, but kept my fast unbroken.
All my arguments and my little museum of photographs were lost on him; but when I mentioned your name, and promised him an introduction to you, he gorged the bait greedily.
JEREMY shoved the boat out again a little way, and dropped in the bait.
To bait the Bell Company became almost a national sport.