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English definition of “bait”

bait

verb [T] (FISH/ANIMAL)    /beɪt/
to put food on a hook (= curved piece of wire) or in a special device to attract and catch a fish or animal: Have you got any stale cheese that I can bait the mousetrap with?FishingCommercial fishingHunting
(Definition of bait verb (FISH/ANIMAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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