from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To flap the wings wildly or frantically. Used of a falcon.
  • transitive verb To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate.
  • transitive verb To take away; subtract.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Obsolete and less correct spelling of bait.
  • noun The grain of wood or stone.
  • noun Obsolete or dialectal preterit of bite.
  • To beat down or away; remove by beating.
  • To beat back, or blunt.
  • To weaken; impair the strength of.
  • To lessen or decrease in amount, weight, estimation, etc.; lower; reduce.
  • To strike off; deduct; abate.
  • To lessen in force or intensity; moderate; diminish: as, to bate one's breath, or with bated breath (see phrases, below); to bate one's or a person's curiosity.
  • To rob or deprive of.
  • To leave out; except; bar.
  • To decrease or fall away in size, amount, force, estimate, etc.
  • To beat: in the phrase to bate the wings, to flutter, fly.
  • In falconry, to beat the wings impatiently; flutter as preparing for flight, particularly at the sight of prey; flutter away.
  • To flutter; be eager or restless.
  • To flutter or fly down.
  • noun Contention; strife; debate.
  • noun Same as bath.
  • noun The alkaline solution in which hides are steeped after being limed, in order to remove or neutralize the lime.
  • To steep, as a hide, in an alkaline lye. See bate, n.
  • In jute-manuf., to separate (the raw material) into layers, and then soften by sprinkling with oil and water.
  • To contend; strive; quarrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
  • noun obsolete Strife; contention.
  • transitive verb obsolete To attack; to bait.
  • noun An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; -- employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
  • obsolete imp. of bite.
  • transitive verb To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
  • noun (Jewish Antiq.) See 2d bath.
  • transitive verb To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
  • transitive verb To allow by way of abatement or deduction.
  • transitive verb obsolete To leave out; to except.
  • transitive verb obsolete To remove.
  • transitive verb obsolete To deprive of.
  • intransitive verb To remit or retrench a part; -- with of.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To waste away.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To reduce the force of something; to abate.
  • verb transitive To restrain, usually with the sense of being in anticipation; as, with bated breath.
  • verb transitive, figuratively To cut off, remove, take away.
  • verb archaic, transitive To leave out, except, bar.
  • noun Strife; contention.
  • verb intransitive To contend or strive with blows or arguments.
  • verb intransitive, falconry Of a falcon: To flap the wings vigorously.
  • verb nonstandard Simple past of beat; = beat.
  • noun An alkaline lye which neutralizes the effect of the previous application of lime, and makes hides supple in the process of tanning.
  • noun A vat which contains this liquid.
  • verb transitive To soak leather so as to remove chemicals used in tanning; to steep in bate.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English baten, from Old French batre, to beat; see batter.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English baten, short for abaten; see abate.]

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Aphetic from abate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Formed by analogy with eatate, with which it shares an analogous past participle (eatenbeaten).

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From Swedish beta ("maceration, tanning")


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  • It drives me crazy when I see this: "She waited with baited breath ..." What, are worms involved?

    May 26, 2009

  • "SICINIUS: Sir, the people

    Must have their voices; neither will they bate

    One jot of ceremony."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009