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English definition of “bait”

bait

noun [U] (FOOD)   /beɪt/
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.
(Definition of bait noun (FOOD) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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