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BAIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bait mean? 

BAIT (noun)
  The noun BAIT has 2 senses:

1. anything that serves as an enticement
2. something used to lure victims into danger

  Familiarity information: BAIT used as a noun is rare.


BAIT (verb)
  The verb BAIT has 3 senses:

1. harass with persistent criticism or carping
2. lure, entice, or entrap with bait
3. attack with dogs or set dogs upon

  Familiarity information: BAIT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BAIT (noun)


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Meaning:

Anything that serves as an enticement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

bait; come-on; sweetener; lure; hook

Hypernyms ("bait" is a kind of...):

enticement; temptation (something that seduces or has the quality to seduce)


Sense 2bait [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something used to lure victims into danger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bait; decoy; lure

Hypernyms ("bait" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bait"):

chum (bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish)

fish lure; fisherman's lure ((angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers)

ground bait (bait scattered on the water to attract fish)

stool pigeon (a dummy pigeon used to decoy others)

Holonyms ("bait" is a part of...):

trap (a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned)


BAIT (verb)


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Meaning:

Harass with persistent criticism or carping

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

tantalise; taunt; razz; twit; bait; tantalize; tease; cod; rag; ride; rally

Context examples:

The children teased the new teacher / Don't ride me so hard over my failure / His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie

Hypernyms (to "bait" is one way to...):

bemock; mock (treat with contempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bait"):

barrack; flout; gibe; jeer; scoff (laugh at with contempt and derision)

banter; chaff; jolly; josh; kid (be silly or tease one another)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2bait [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lure, entice, or entrap with bait

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "bait" is one way to...):

entice; lure; tempt (provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3bait [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attack with dogs or set dogs upon

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "bait" is one way to...):

assail; assault; attack; set on (attack someone physically or emotionally)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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