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Definition 1: something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for bait in the sense of this definition

(bait is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of bait ) bait consisting of chopped fish and fish oils that are dumped overboard to attract fish

(... is a kind of bait ) (angling) any bright artificial bait consisting of plastic or metal mounted with hooks and trimmed with feathers

(... is a kind of bait ) bait scattered on the water to attract fish

(... is a kind of bait ) a dummy pigeon used to decoy others

(... is part of bait) a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

Definition 2: anything that serves as an enticement - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for bait in the sense of this definition

(bait is a kind of ...) something that seduces or has the quality to seduce

Definition 3: harass with persistent criticism or carping - [verb of communication]

Samples where bait or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for bait in the sense of this definition

(bait is a kind of ...) treat with contempt

"The new constitution mocks all democratic principles"

(... is a kind of bait ) laugh at with contempt and derision

"The crowd jeered at the speaker"

(... is a kind of bait ) be silly or tease one another

"After we relaxed, we just kidded around"

Definition 4: attack with dogs or set dogs upon - [verb of competition]

(bait is a kind of ...) attack someone physically or emotionally

"The mugger assaulted the woman" "Nightmares assailed him regularly"

(bait is a kind of ...) provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

"He lured me into temptation"

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