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Definition of bat verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive] bat (something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bat
he / she / it bats
past simple batted
-ing form batting
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  • to hit a ball with a bat, especially in a game of baseball He bats very well. Who's batting first for the Orioles?
  • Idioms
    bat your eyes/eyelashes
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    to open and close your eyes quickly, in a way that is supposed to be attractive
    bat a thousand (informal)
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    to be very successful He made another sale? He's really batting a thousand!
    go to bat for somebody (informal)
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    to give someone help and support
    not bat an eye (informal)
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    to show no surprise or embarrassment when something unusual happens She didn't bat an eye when I told her my news.
    Phrasal Verbsbat somethingaround
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bat