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Definition of bait verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bait
    he / she / it baits
    past simple baited
    -ing form baiting
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  1. 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.
  2. 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. 3-baiting (in compound nouns) the activity of attacking a wild animal with dogs bear-baiting badger-baiting
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