Meaning of “bite” - Learner’s Dictionary

bite

verb uk us /baɪt/ (past tense bit, past participle bitten)
TEETH [ I, T ]

B1 to cut something using your teeth:

She bit into an apple.
He bites his fingernails.
He was bitten by a dog.
BAD EFFECT [ I ]

to begin to have a bad effect:

Government cuts are beginning to bite.
→ See also bite the bullet , bite the dust

(Definition of “bite verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)