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bate



Pronunciation: (bāt), [key]
v., bat•ed, bat•ing.


v.t.
1. to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.
2. to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes.

v.i.
1. to diminish or subside; abate.
2. with bated breath, with breath drawn in or held because of anticipation or suspense: We watched with bated breath as the runners approached the finish line.

bate



Pronunciation: (bāt), [key]
v., bat•ed, bat•ing,
n.


v.i.
(of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.

n.
a state of violent anger or fear.

bate



Pronunciation: (bāt), [key]
v., bat•ed, bat•ing,
n.


v.t., v.i.
Tanning.to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.

n.
the solution used.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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