Bated
Bated Bat"ed, a. Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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  • bated — ► ADJECTIVE (in phrase with bated breath) ▪ in great suspense. ORIGIN from obsolete bate «restrain», from ABATE(Cf. ↑abatement) …   English terms dictionary

  • bated — [[t]be͟ɪtɪd[/t]] PHRASE: usu PHR after v If you wait for something with bated breath, you wait anxiously to find out what will happen. [FORMAL] Every Monday the whole office used to wait with bated breath for his report... We would gather round… …   English dictionary

  • bated — bat|ed [ˈbeıtıd] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: abate] with bated breath feeling very anxious or excited ▪ He waited for a reply to his offer with bated breath …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bated — bat|ed [ beıtəd ] adjective with bated breath worried or excited and paying a lot of attention because you want to know what will happen: We waited with bated breath to find out who had won …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bated — adjective (in phr. with bated breath) in great suspense. Origin C16: from the past participle of obs. bate restrain , from abate. Usage The correct phrase is with bated breath not with baited breath …   English new terms dictionary

  • bated — adjective with bated breath feeling very anxious or excited: We waited with bated breath for the results of the test to come through …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Bated — Bate Bate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bating}.] [From abate.] 1. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower. [1913 Webster] He must either bate the laborer s wages, or not employ or not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bated — adjective Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath …   Wiktionary

  • bated — un·bated; …   English syllables

  • bated — UK [ˈbeɪtɪd] / US [ˈbeɪtəd] adjective with bated breath …   English dictionary

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