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bite

verb  us   /bɑɪt/ (past tense and past participle bit  /bɪt/ , past participle bitten  /ˈbɪt·ən/ )

bite verb (USE TEETH)

[I/T] to use your teeth to cut into something: [I/T] He bit (into) the apple. [I/T] You have to teach your children not to bite (other kids). [I/T] If an insect bites, it breaks the surface of the skin of a person and leaves a sore place: [I] We can’t eat outside tonight – the mosquitoes are biting. [I/T] A fish bites when it takes a fishing hook into its mouth: [I] We were on the lake all day, but the fish just weren’t biting.

bite verb (HAVE AN EFFECT)

[I] to have an effect that is often unpleasant or severe: When the recession began to bite, people spent less on eating out in restaurants.

bite

noun  us   /bɑɪt/

bite noun (USE OF TEETH)

[C] the act of using your teeth to cut and tear something, or the piece torn away: He took a few bites of the chicken and drank some water. [C] A bite is also a sore place on the surface of your skin made by an insect: mosquito bites [C] In fishing, a bite is a fish taking a hook in its mouth.
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