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English definition of “bite”

bite

verb
 
 
/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.Animal (non-human) behaviourBiting, chewing and swallowingEating
BAD EFFECT [I] to begin to have a bad effect: Government cuts are beginning to bite. → See also bite the bullet, bite the dustDamaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
(Definition of bite verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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