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Syllabification: bat·ed
Pronunciation: /ˈbādəd

Definition of bated in English:


(in phrase with bated breath)
In great suspense; very anxiously or excitedly: he waited for a reply to his offer with bated breath
More example sentences
  • Excited denizens have waited with bated breath as the clock ticked by - months, days, hours and finally the big moment itself.
  • Football fans are looking forward with bated breath to the clash of Kerry and near neighbours Limerick in the national league semi final later in the month of April.
  • As the 1000-odd crowd assembled at the spot watched with bated breath, the personnel started pulling the rope up with utmost care.


late 16th century: from the past participle of obsolete bate 'restrain', from abate.


The spelling baited breath instead of bated breath is a common mistake. Almost a third of citations for this idiom in the Oxford English Corpus are for the incorrect spelling.

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