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bait

bait

 
pronunciation:
beIt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: food used to lure prey, esp. in fishing or trapping.
We use worms as bait for this kind of fish.
similar words:
decoy, lure, snare
definition 2: something enticing; temptation; lure.
They special offers are just bait to attract customers.
synonyms:
attraction, come-on, enticement, lure, snare
similar words:
allurement, appetizer, bribe, decoy, draw, incentive, inducement, tease, temptation, trap
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: baited, baiting, baits
definition 1: to equip with bait for purposes of entrapment.
I baited the hook.
similar words:
decoy, set
definition 2: to entice, esp. by trickery.
synonyms:
beguile, inveigle
similar words:
allure, attract, draw, ensnare, entice, entrap, hook, lure, seduce, tempt
definition 3: to attempt to anger by teasing, nagging, or tormenting.
synonyms:
needle, provoke
similar words:
anger, annoy, badger, beset, harass, harry, molest, pester, plague, taunt, tease, torment, vex
derivation: baiter (n.)
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