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English definition of “bite”

bite

verb [I] (HAVE AN EFFECT)   /bɑɪt/ (past tense and past participle bit  /bɪt/, past participle bitten  /ˈbɪt·ən/)
to have an effect that is often unpleasant or severe: When the recession began to bite, people spent less on eating out in restaurants.
(Definition of bite verb (HAVE AN EFFECT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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