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Definitions of bated

bated (ˈbeɪtɪd) 



  1. (of breath) held   ⇒  ■ Every Monday the whole office used to wait with bated breath for his report.,   ⇒  ■ We listened with bated breath to Grandma's stories of her travels.

bate1 (beɪt



  1. another word for abate
  2. See with bated breath

bate2 (beɪt



  1. (intransitive) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer's fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape

Word Origin

C13: from Old French batre to beat, from Latin battuere; related to bat1

bate3 (beɪt


verb (transitive)

  1. to soak (skin or hides) in a special solution to soften them and remove chemicals used in previous treatments



  1. the solution used

Word Origin

Old English bǣtan to bait1

Example Sentences Including 'bated'

I was waiting with bated breath for him to say something, anything, that wasn't a cliché.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
Flora and I waited with bated breath to hear what Evelyn considered sensible.
Anita Anderson SOMEBODY (2002)
Mahoney stood with bated breath, waiting for the next buffet, his heart beating fast.
Davis, John Gordon Seize the Reckless Wind


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