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1 moderate or restrain; lessen the force of; "He bated his breath when talking about this affair"; "capable of bating his enthusiasm"
2 flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
3 soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments; "bate hides and skins"

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  • /beɪt/
    Rhymes with: -eɪt


Etymology 1

Aphetic from abate.


  1. To reduce the force of something; to abate.
  2. To restrain, usually with the sense of being in anticipation; as, with bated breath.

Etymology 2

Noun: From the verb, or directly from the noun debate. Verb: From batre (French battre), from batere.


  1. Strife; contention.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 2
      ... and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories;
    • 1888, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night (Arabian Nights)
      So the strife redoubled and the weapons together clashed and ceased not bate and debate and naught was to be seen but blood flowing and necks bowing;
    • 1911, H.G. Wells, The New Machiavelli
      The other merely needs jealousy and bate, of which there are great and easily accessible reservoirs in every human heart.


  1. To contend or strive with blows or arguments.
  2. Of a falcon: To flap the wings vigorously.

Etymology 3


  1. An alkaline lye which neutralizes the effect of the previous application of lime, and makes hides supple in the process of tanning.
  2. A vat which contains this liquid.


  1. To soak leather so as to remove chemicals used in tanning; to steep in bate.




  1. bat
  2. In the context of "Honduras|slang|lang=es": reefer, joint.


Extensive Definition

Bate and similar can mean:



  • In falconry, bating means for a tethered falconry bird to try to fly away
  • In tannery, bate is a substance, often made from fermented animal dung, used to remove hair and the outer protein layer from the hide. Using it is called "bating".
  • The Bate Isles are part of the Duke of York Archipelago.

See also

surname nocat
bate in German: Bate
bate in French: Bate

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