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  • adj. Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Reduced; lowered; restrained.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. diminished or moderated

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  • "Sally, having swallowed cheese,
    Directs down holes the scented breeze,
    Enticing thus with baited breath
    Nice mice to an untimely death."

    by Geoffrey Taylor

    Now, I know this doesn't really help with "bated...," but it is SUCH a beautiful piece...!!

    April 16, 2009

  • 'Come one and all, both great and small,
    With voices loud and clear,
    And let us sing "Bless Billy the King",
    Who bated the tax upon beer.'

    September 25, 2008