AskDefine | Define bated

Dictionary Definition

bated adj
1 held back; "we watched the daring feats of the acrobats with bated breath"
2 diminished or moderated; "our bated enthusiasm"; "his bated hopes"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath.

Derived terms


  1. past of bate

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
bated in German: Bate
bated in French: Bate

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