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

  • adjective Reduced; lowered; restrained.

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

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  • adjective diminished or moderated


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  • '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

  • "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