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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 Pronunciation for bate1



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

bate2 (beɪt Pronunciation for bate2



  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 Pronunciation for bate3


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'

All the staff wait with bated breath as the rep looks up the code.
Globe and Mail (2004)
Flora and I waited with bated breath to hear what Evelyn considered sensible.
Anita Anderson SOMEBODY (2002)
I amwaiting with bated breath to see what Tony Blair comes up with.
The Australian (2004)
I was waiting with bated breath for him to say something, anything, that wasn't a cliché.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
In the accustomed manner they stood with bated breath while `he "was carried by.
Croll, Elisabeth Wise Daughters From Foreign Lands
In the control room scientists watched the screens with bated breath.
India Today (2000)
Mahoney stood with bated breath, waiting for the next buffet, his heart beating fast.
Davis, John Gordon Seize the Reckless Wind
The world is waiting with bated breath to hear if his voice is affected.
Belfast Telegraph (2003)


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