Bate Definition

bāt
baits, bated, bates, bating
verb
To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate.
American Heritage
To flap the wings wildly or frantically. Used of a falcon.
American Heritage
To abate, lessen, lower, etc.
Webster's New World
To take away; subtract.
American Heritage
To deprive (of)
Webster's New World
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noun
An enzyme solution for this purpose.
Webster's New World
Wiktionary

An alkaline lye which neutralizes the effect of the previous application of lime, and makes hides supple in the process of tanning.

Wiktionary

A vat which contains this liquid.

Wiktionary
idiom
with bated breath
  • with the breath held in because of fear, excitement, etc.
Webster's New World
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Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Bate

Origin of Bate

  • Formed by analogy with eatate, with which it shares an analogous past participle (eatenbeaten).

    From Wiktionary

  • Verb: From Anglo-Saxon = contention. From Old French batre (French battre). From Late Latin batere.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English baten from Old French batre to beat batter1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English baten short for abaten abate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Noun: From the verb, or directly from the noun debate.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Swedish beta (“maceration, tanning”)

    From Wiktionary

  • Aphetic from abate.

    From Wiktionary

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