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

      

    bias

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bias
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəs//
     
    he / she / it biases
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəsɪz//
     
    past simple biased
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    past participle biased
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    past simple biassed
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    past participle biassed
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəst//
     
    -ing form biasing
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəsɪŋ//
     
    -ing form biassing
    BrE BrE//ˈbaɪəsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaɪəsɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1bias somebody/something (towards/against/in favour of somebody/something) to unfairly influence somebody’s opinions or decisions synonym prejudice The newspapers have biased people against her.
  2. 2bias something to have an effect on the results of research or an experiment so that they do not show the real situation The experiment contained an error which could bias the results. These errors may bias the statistics. Their methodology resulted in biased findings. See related entries: Experiments and research
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘oblique line’; also as an adjective meaning ‘oblique’): from French biais, from Provençal, perhaps based on Greek epikarsios ‘oblique’.Extra examples Management can bias the reward system to favour behaviour in accordance with the core values. The reason for being aware of sexism in language is that it biases experience constantly towards the male sex. The report suggests that television reporting is biased towards the government in power. The sequence of questions may bias the answers. The use of faulty equipment may have biased the result.
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