• Any substance, especially food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, trap, or net.
  • A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
  • Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
  • Food containing poison or a harmful additive to kill animals that are pests.
  • A light or hasty luncheon.


  • (transitive) To affix bait to a trap or a fishing hook or fishing line.
  • (transitive, now rare) To feed and water (a horse or other animal), especially during a journey.
  • (obsolete, intransitive) To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey.
  • (transitive) To attract with bait; to entice.
  • (transitive) To intentionally annoy, torment, or threaten by constant rebukes or threats; to harass.
  • To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment during a journey.
  • (transitive) To set dogs on (an animal etc.) to bite or worry; to attack with dogs, especially for sport.

    "to bait a bear with dogs;  to bait a bull"

  • (intransitive) Of a horse or other animal: to take food, especially during a journey.

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