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bait

noun

1 bait

Anything that serves as an enticement.

synonyms: come-on, hook, lure, sweetener.

Roget 689: bracing etc. v.; recovery of strength, recuperation etc. 159; restoration, revival etc. 660; repair, refection, refocillation, ... show more

Roget 298: eating etc. v.; deglutition, gulp, epulation, mastication, manducation, rumination; gluttony etc. 957.    [eating specific foods] ... show more

Roget 784: giving etc. v.; bestowal, bestowment, donation; presentation, presentment; accordance; concession; delivery, consignment, dispensation, communication, ... show more

Dutch: aas, lokaas, lokkertje, lokmiddel
Polish: ponęta



2 bait

Something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed.

synonyms: decoy, lure.

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

Roget 545: deception; falseness etc. 544; untruth etc. 546; imposition, imposture; fraud, deceit, guile; fraudulence, fraudulency; ... show more

Dutch: aas, afleiding, eendenkooi, lokaas, lokmiddel, lokspijs, lokvogel, voer

verb

1 bait

Harass with persistent criticism or carping.

synonyms: cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit.

Roget 830: cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain etc. 828; pain, hurt, wound.    pinch, ... show more

Roget 907: be malevolent etc. adj.; bear spleen, harbor spleen, bear a grudge, harbor a grudge, bear malice; betray the cloven foot, show the cloven foot.    hurt etc. (physical pain) 378; ... show more

Roget 716: attack, assault, assail; invade; set upon, fall upon; charge, impugn, break a lance with, enter the lists.    assume the offensive, take the offensive; be the aggressor, become the aggressor; ... show more

Dutch: hekelen, martelen, mienen, narren, sarren, tergen, treiteren, zuigen

2 bait

Lure, entice, or entrap with bait.

3 bait

Attack with dogs or set dogs upon.


Moby thesaurus: aggravate, allure, allurement, annoy, badger, bait the hook, baited trap, be at, bedevil, beset, birdlime, bite, blandish, bola, bother, bribe, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag ... show more.

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