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Related to baited: bated


lured, enticed: She baited him with a seductive dance.; placed bait on a hook
Not to be confused with:
bated – lessened the force of; with breath drawn in or held: She spoke with bated breath.
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bait 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
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

Variant of bate2.

bate 1

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.]
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References in classic literature ?
The tubs were full of neatly coiled line carrying a big hook each few feet; and the testing and baiting of every single hook, with the stowage of the baited line so that it should run clear when shot from the dory, was a scientific business.
A POLITICIAN seeing a fat Turkey which he wanted for dinner, baited a hook with a grain of corn and dragged it before the fowl at the end of a long and almost invisible line.
The fish was free of the hook, and she baited afresh and dropped the line over.
Currently, a trapping system using traps baited with aggregation pheromone plus fresh agave tissue is used for monitoring S.
Other guys were putting out three or four rods in rod holders and not catching many fish, but I was fishing near them with one rod in my hand baited with CJ's Punchbait, and catching 15 or 20 channel cats.
Steve has been running baited black bear hunts for years and has always had brown bears coming to many of his baits.
Although all of our sites had been periodically baited, none of the leopards whose tracks we saw had ever been "sat on; let alone shot at or harassed.
The study also showed just over half of respondents topped up the bait every five days, while around four in 10 only baited where infestations were obvious.
Steve Jones had all bream in his 18lb bag when he baited with pellets on Willow Lake at Trefaldu Fishery and, on the nearby Kingfisher Lake, Alan Thomas netted 30 tench and carp when he used maggots as bait, while pellets worked for Martin Fraser and Damian James, who both caught over 40lb of carp.
Traps, usually placed at a density of 25-75 per ha, are typically baited 2-6 times per week with low-value clupeid or catastomid fishes, or with commercially formulated crawfish baits.
While some traps are used either baited or unbaited, others are always used with baits.