- 1bait something (with something) to place food on a hook, in a trap, etc. in order to attract or catch an animal He baited the trap with a piece of meat.
- 2bait somebody to deliberately try to make someone angry by making cruel or insulting remarks The soldiers remained calm even though the crowd was baiting them.
- 3 -baiting (in compound nouns) the activity of attacking a wild animal with dogs bear-baiting badger-baiting
NAmE//beɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bait
he / she / it baits
past simple baited
-ing form baiting