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baitnoun

uk   /beɪt/ us   /beɪt/
  • 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.

baitverb [T]

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

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baitnoun [U]

us   /beɪt/
  • bait noun [U] (FOOD)

a small amount of food used to attract and catch a fish or animal: The fishermen bought some worms to use as bait.
fig. Bait is also anything used to persuade someone to do something: Lawyers making the investment offering 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 anzuelo, cebo, carnada…
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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