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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?
Translations of “bait”
in Korean 미끼…
in Arabic طُعْم…
in French appât…
in Turkish yem, olta veya kapan yemi, birini ikna etmek için kullanılan şey…
in Italian esca…
in Chinese (Traditional) 魚/動物, 餌…
in Russian наживка, приманка, соблазн…
in Polish przynęta, pokusa…
in Spanish cebo, carnada, carnaza…
in Portuguese isca…
in German der Köder…
in Catalan esquer…
in Japanese (釣りやわなの)えさ, おとり…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鱼/动物, 饵…
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