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Definition of bait verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bait

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//beɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bait
    BrE BrE//beɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪt//
     
    he / she / it baits
    BrE BrE//beɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪts//
     
    past simple baited
    BrE BrE//ˈbeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle baited
    BrE BrE//ˈbeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form baiting
    BrE BrE//ˈbeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪtɪŋ//
     
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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 somebody angry by making cruel or insulting remarks The soldiers remained calm even though the crowd was baiting them. See related entries: Anger
  3. 3-baiting (in compound nouns) the activity of attacking a wild animal with dogs bear-baiting badger-baiting
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse beit ‘pasture, food’, beita ‘to hunt or chase’.
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