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English definition of “bait”

bait

noun [C or U] (OFFER)    /beɪt/
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.Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction
(Definition of bait noun (OFFER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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