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bait

noun uk   /beɪt/ us  

bait noun (FISH/ANIMAL)

[U] a small amount of food on a hook (= curved piece of wire) or in a special device used to attract and catch a fish or animal: They were digging up worms to use for bait. We put down some poisoned bait to kill the rats.

bait noun (OFFER)

[C or U] something that is said or offered to people in order to make them react in a particular way: Free holidays were offered as (a) bait to customers. I told my sister I'd lend her my new shirt if she let me borrow her jacket, but she didn't take the bait.

bait

verb [T] uk   /beɪt/ us  

bait verb [T] (MAKE ANGRY)

to intentionally make a person angry by saying or doing things to annoy them: Ignore him - he's just baiting you. I suspect he was just baiting me.

bait verb [T] (DOG)

to make dogs attack an animal for cruel entertainment: In the past, bear-baiting was a common form of entertainment in the UK .

bait verb [T] (FISH/ANIMAL)

to put food on a hook (= curved piece of wire) or in a special device to attract and catch a fish or animal: Do you have any stale cheese that I can bait the mousetrap with?
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