Meaning of “bait” in the English Dictionary

"bait" in British English

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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)