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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 2also 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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1. another word for abate
2. with bated breath holding one's breath in suspense or fear
(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]
(Tanning) to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
(Tanning) the solution used
[Old English bǣtan to bait1]
slang Brit a bad temper or rage
[C19: from bait1, alluding to the mood of a person who is being baited]
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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]
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]
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Past participle: bated
Past participle: bated
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|Verb||1.||bate - moderate or restrain; lessen the force of; "He bated his breath when talking about this affair"; "capable of bating his enthusiasm"|
|2.||bate - flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons|
|3.||bate - 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
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