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Definition of "bait" []

  • Food or other lure placed on a hook or in a trap and used in the taking of fish, birds, or other animals. (noun)
  • Something, such as a worm, used for this purpose. (noun)
  • An enticement; a temptation. (noun)
  • Archaic A stop for food or rest during a trip. (noun)
  • To place a lure in (a trap) or on (a fishing hook). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bait" in a sentence
  • "This bait is about two inches long, has wiggly legs, and also has two wiggly curled tails."
  • "Grab the lure with your other hand and pull it back, loading the rod, until the bait is about even with your side."
  • "We'll show you what the cops are doing in what they call bait cars."