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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 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 ?
But it may be that I am underestimating the alacrity of human folly in rising to the bait.
We will have to use our heads and be wise if we are to avoid rising to the bait.
Sir--I have resisted (until now) rising to the bait cleverly laid for us by your collective correspondents to our 'sexist' front cover advertisement.
Rising to the bait, Villa fans ripped up plastic seats and threw them on to the pitch before returning two flares launched at them by City supporters assembled provocatively in front of them.