B b


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [beyt]
    • /beɪt/
    • /ˈbeɪ.tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [beyt]
    • /beɪt/

Definitions of bated word

  • adjective bated (of breath) held 3
  • verb with object bated to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm. 1
  • verb with object bated to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes. 1
  • verb without object bated (of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear. 1
  • idioms bated 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. 1
  • noun bated the solution used. 1

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Origin of bated

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English, aphetic variant of abate

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Parts of speech for Bated


bated popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for bated

adjective bated

  • reedy — full of reeds: a reedy marsh.
  • unstressed — without stress or emphasis, as a syllable in a word.
  • faint — lacking brightness, vividness, clearness, loudness, strength, etc.: a faint light; a faint color; a faint sound.
  • unaccented — not accented; unstressed.
  • weak — not strong; liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail: a weak fortress; a weak spot in armor.

Antonyms for bated

verb bated

  • aided — to provide support for or relief to; help: to aid the homeless victims of the fire.
  • assisted — to give support or aid to; help: Please assist him in moving the furniture.
  • freed — enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.
  • helped — to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist: He planned to help me with my work. Let me help you with those packages.
  • increased — to make greater, as in number, size, strength, or quality; augment; add to: to increase taxes.

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