Definition of bated adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bated

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈbeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪtɪd//
 
 
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Word Origin late 16th cent.: from the past participle of obsolete bate ‘restrain’, from abate.Idioms
with bated breath
 
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(formal) feeling very anxious or excited We waited with bated breath for the winner to be announced. See related entries: Excitement
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