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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 ?
I shouldn't be a bit surprised if you had to write the whole paper; an' as for any boy editor, you could lick him writin', I bate ye, with one hand tied behind ye.
He got the one glance at the foe-swarming field in front of him, and instantly ceased to de- bate the question of his piece being loaded.
When Hector saw his cousin fallen in front of the ship he shouted to the Trojans and Lycians saying, "Trojans, Lycians, and Dardanians good in close fight, bate not a jot, but rescue the son of Clytius lest the Achaeans strip him of his armour now that he has fallen.
They come round me an' shuk me, an' I tould thim I was in privit employ wid an income av me own, an' a drrrawin'-room fit to bate the Quane's; an' wid me lies an' me shtories an' nonsinse gin'rally, I kept 'em quiet in wan way an' another, knockin' roun' the camp.
And it's not mesilf ye wud have to be bate in the purliteness; so I made her a bow that wud ha' broken yur heart altegither to behould, and thin I pulled aff me hat with a flourish, and thin I winked at her hard wid both eyes, as much as to say, "True for you, yer a swate little crature, Mrs.
Bate some expected gain for the risk you save, and say what is your price.
It is true, indeed, there be larger estates in the kingdom, but not in this county, and I had rather bate something, than marry my daughter among strangers and foreigners.
One, a tall, wiry, muscular old man, from the west; sunburnt and swarthy; with a brown white hat on his knees, and a giant umbrella resting between his legs; who sat bolt upright in his chair, frowning steadily at the carpet, and twitching the hard lines about his mouth, as if he had made up his mind 'to fix' the President on what he had to say, and wouldn't bate him a grain.
He was a hard man, and would never bate an ounce of plate or a bottle of wine.
Bates had been sent for at that time of the evening.
James Bates, an eminent surgeon in London, with whom I continued four years.
When Epstein, the agent, wrote to say that the allegory had been purchased by a Glasgow plutocrat of the name of Bates for one hundred and sixty guineas, Sellers' views on Philistines and their crass materialism and lack of taste underwent a marked modification.