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  • Writer's pictureBrittany J. Vincent

Baited vs. Bated

Updated: Dec 21, 2018

Bait: (verb) [with object] prepare (a hook, trap, net, or fishing area) with bait to entice fish or animals as prey; an allurement or a thing intended to tempt or entice

  1. Can you bait my hook for me?

  2. She is baiting me with all of this delicious food.

Bated: (adjective) [in phrase with bated breath] in great suspense; very anxiously or excitedly

  1. I waited with bated breath for her answer to my proposal.


Late 16th century: from the past participle of obsolete bate ‘restrain’, from abate.


Fun Fact

The phrase "bated breath" was created by William Shakespeare and first appeared in his play The Merchant of Venice.


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