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English definition of “bait”


noun [U]  /beɪt/ us  

bait noun [U] (FOOD)

a small amount of food used to attract and catch a fish or animal: The fishermen bought some worms to use as bait. fig. Bait is also anything used to persuade someone to do something: Lawyers making the investment offering will find out today whether someone is ready to take the bait.


verb [T]  /beɪt/ us  

bait verb [T] (PUT BAIT ON)

put bait on a hook or in a trap: You can bait the mousetrap with a piece of cheese.

bait verb [T] (MAKE ANGRY)

to intentionally make someone angry by saying or doing annoying things: She enjoys baiting her brother by teasing him about his girlfriend.
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