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bate 1

 (bāt)
tr.v. bat·ed, bat·ing, bates
1. To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate: "To his dying day he bated his breath a little when he told the story" (George Eliot). See Usage Note at bait1.
2. To take away; subtract.

[Middle English baten, short for abaten; see abate.]

bate 2

also bait  (bāt)
intr.v. bat·ed, bat·ing, bates also bait·ed or bait·ing or baits
To flap the wings wildly or frantically. Used of a falcon.

[Middle English baten, from Old French batre, to beat; see batter1.]

bate

(beɪt)
vb
1. another word for abate
2. with bated breath holding one's breath in suspense or fear

bate

(beɪt)
vb
(Falconry) (intr) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer's fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape
[C13: from Old French batre to beat, from Latin battuere; related to bat1]

bate

(beɪt)
vb (tr)
(Tanning) to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
n
(Tanning) the solution used
[Old English bǣtan to bait1]

bate

(beɪt)
n
slang Brit a bad temper or rage
[C19: from bait1, alluding to the mood of a person who is being baited]

bate1

(beɪt)

v. bat•ed, bat•ing. v.t.
1. to moderate or restrain: to bate one's enthusiasm.
2. to lessen or diminish; abate.
v.i.
3. to diminish or subside; abate.
Idioms:
with bated breath, in a state of suspenseful anticipation.
[1250–1300; Middle English, aph. variant of abate]

bate2

(beɪt)

v.i. bat•ed, bat•ing.
(of a hawk) to flutter the wings, as in anger or fear.
[1250–1300; Middle English: to beat, flap (wings, etc.) < Middle French (se) batre « Latin battuere to beat]

bate


Past participle: bated
Gerund: bating

Imperative
bate
bate
Present
I bate
you bate
he/she/it bates
we bate
you bate
they bate
Preterite
I bated
you bated
he/she/it bated
we bated
you bated
they bated
Present Continuous
I am bating
you are bating
he/she/it is bating
we are bating
you are bating
they are bating
Present Perfect
I have bated
you have bated
he/she/it has bated
we have bated
you have bated
they have bated
Past Continuous
I was bating
you were bating
he/she/it was bating
we were bating
you were bating
they were bating
Past Perfect
I had bated
you had bated
he/she/it had bated
we had bated
you had bated
they had bated
Future
I will bate
you will bate
he/she/it will bate
we will bate
you will bate
they will bate
Future Perfect
I will have bated
you will have bated
he/she/it will have bated
we will have bated
you will have bated
they will have bated
Future Continuous
I will be bating
you will be bating
he/she/it will be bating
we will be bating
you will be bating
they will be bating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bating
you have been bating
he/she/it has been bating
we have been bating
you have been bating
they have been bating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bating
you will have been bating
he/she/it will have been bating
we will have been bating
you will have been bating
they will have been bating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bating
you had been bating
he/she/it had been bating
we had been bating
you had been bating
they had been bating
Conditional
I would bate
you would bate
he/she/it would bate
we would bate
you would bate
they would bate
Past Conditional
I would have bated
you would have bated
he/she/it would have bated
we would have bated
you would have bated
they would have bated

bate


Past participle: bated
Gerund: bating

Imperative
bate
bate
Present
I bate
you bate
he/she/it bates
we bate
you bate
they bate
Preterite
I bated
you bated
he/she/it bated
we bated
you bated
they bated
Present Continuous
I am bating
you are bating
he/she/it is bating
we are bating
you are bating
they are bating
Present Perfect
I have bated
you have bated
he/she/it has bated
we have bated
you have bated
they have bated
Past Continuous
I was bating
you were bating
he/she/it was bating
we were bating
you were bating
they were bating
Past Perfect
I had bated
you had bated
he/she/it had bated
we had bated
you had bated
they had bated
Future
I will bate
you will bate
he/she/it will bate
we will bate
you will bate
they will bate
Future Perfect
I will have bated
you will have bated
he/she/it will have bated
we will have bated
you will have bated
they will have bated
Future Continuous
I will be bating
you will be bating
he/she/it will be bating
we will be bating
you will be bating
they will be bating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bating
you have been bating
he/she/it has been bating
we have been bating
you have been bating
they have been bating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bating
you will have been bating
he/she/it will have been bating
we will have been bating
you will have been bating
they will have been bating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bating
you had been bating
he/she/it had been bating
we had been bating
you had been bating
they had been bating
Conditional
I would bate
you would bate
he/she/it would bate
we would bate
you would bate
they would bate
Past Conditional
I would have bated
you would have bated
he/she/it would have bated
we would have bated
you would have bated
they would have bated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bate - moderate or restrainbate - moderate or restrain; lessen the force of; "He bated his breath when talking about this affair"; "capable of bating his enthusiasm"
curb, hold in, control, moderate, contain, check, hold - lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
2.bate - flap the wings wildly or franticallybate - flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
flap, beat - move with a thrashing motion; "The bird flapped its wings"; "The eagle beat its wings and soared high into the sky"
3.bate - soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatmentsbate - soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments; "bate hides and skins"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
souse, soak, sop, dowse, drench, douse - cover with liquid; pour liquid onto; "souse water on his hot face"

bate

verb
To become or cause to become less active or intense:
abate, die (away, down, off, or out), ease (off or up), ebb, fall, fall off, lapse, let up, moderate, remit, slacken, slack off, subside, wane.
References in classic literature ?
Bait same's I do, Harve, an' don't snarl your reel.
Slat 'em off ag'in' the gunnel, an' bait up, Harve.
And when I desired honey I only desired bait, and sweet mucus and mucilage, for which even the mouths of growling bears, and strange, sulky, evil birds, water:
A small twig is then stripped of its bark, and one end is dipped in the "medicine," as the trappers term the peculiar bait which they employ.
I catch shiners with fishworms, and bait the perch with them.
191) adds the curious statement that "he spent his time in angling, but used no bait, his object not being to catch fish.
If it is not, why do you stay tied here like a goat that is bait for lions?
JEREMY shoved the boat out again a little way, and dropped in the bait.
Dolokhov, who needed Anatole Kuragin's name, position, and connections as a bait to draw rich young men into his gambling set, made use of him and amused himself at his expense without letting the other feel it.
Offer them a proposition of one hundred dollars for one, and they are like hungry pike snapping at the bait.
He got out the fish lines and showed Saxon how to bait her hooks with salted minnows.
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.