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Meaning of “bait” in the English Dictionary

"bait" in British English

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baitnoun

uk   us   /beɪt/
  • bait noun (FISH/ANIMAL)

[U] a ​smallamount of ​food on a hook (= ​curvedpiece of ​wire) or in a ​specialdevice 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 tocustomers. 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.

baitverb [T]

uk   us   /beɪt/
(Definition of bait from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bait" in American English

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baitnoun [U]

 us   /beɪt/
  • bait noun [U] (FOOD)

a ​smallamount of ​food used to ​attract and ​catch a ​fish or ​animal: The ​fishermenbought some ​worms to use as bait. fig. Bait is also anything used to ​persuade someone to do something: Lawyers making the ​investmentoffering will ​find out today whether someone is ​ready to take the bait.

baitverb [T]

 us   /beɪt/
  • bait verb [T] (PUT BAIT ON)

put bait on a ​hook or in a ​trap: You can bait the ​mousetrap with a ​piece of ​cheese.
  • bait verb [T] (MAKE ANGRY)

to ​intentionally make someone ​angry by saying or doing ​annoying things: She ​enjoys baiting her ​brother by ​teasing him about his ​girlfriend.
(Definition of bait from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bait”
in Korean 미끼…
in Arabic طُعْم…
in Malaysian umpan…
in French appât…
in Russian наживка, приманка, соблазн…
in Chinese (Traditional) 魚/動物, 餌…
in Italian esca…
in Turkish yem, olta veya kapan yemi, birini ikna etmek için kullanılan şey…
in Polish przynęta, pokusa…
in Spanish cebo, carnada, carnaza…
in Vietnamese mồi…
in Portuguese isca…
in Thai เหยื่อ…
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…
in Indonesian umpan…
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