There are 2 main definitions of bate in English:


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(also bait)


[in singular] British informal , dated
An angry mood: he got into a stinking bate


mid 19th century: from the verb bait 'torment', expressing the notion 'state of a baited person'.

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There are 2 main definitions of bate in English:


Syllabification: bate
Pronunciation: /bāt


[no object] Falconry
(Of a hawk) beat the wings in an attempt to escape from the perch: the hawks bated when the breeze got in their feathers
More example sentences
  • This should obviate the possibility of the hawk getting “hung up” should the leash be over the top of the block when the hawk bates.
  • The leash ring is on the side of the main ring, producing a strong lateral pull when the hawk bates.
  • The ring, seen on the left hand end of the perch in the picture, should run freely from one end of the bow to the other, whichever way the hawk bates and it is almost potentially tangle proof.


late Middle English: from Old French batre 'to beat' (see also batter1).

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