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BATED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bated mean? 

BATED (adjective)
  The adjective BATED has 2 senses:

1. held back
2. diminished or moderated

  Familiarity information: BATED used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BATED (adjective)


Sense 1bated [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Held back

Context example:

we watched the daring feats of the acrobats with bated breath

Similar:

restrained (under restraint)


Sense 2bated [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Diminished or moderated

Context examples:

our bated enthusiasm / his bated hopes

Similar:

decreased; reduced (made less in size or amount or degree)


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