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Definition of bate:

  1. An alkaline solution consisting of the dung of certain animals; - employed in the preparation of hides; grainer.
  2. imp. of Bite.
  3. See 2d Bath.
  4. Strife; contention.
  5. To allow by way of abatement or deduction.
  6. To attack; to bait.
  7. To deprive of.
  8. To flutter as a hawk; to bait.
  9. To leave out; to except.
  10. To lessen by retrenching, deducting, or reducing; to abate; to beat down; to lower.
  11. To remit or retrench a part; - with of.
  12. To remove.
  13. To steep in bate, as hides, in the manufacture of leather.
  14. To waste away.

Synonyms:

fall, wane, moderate, increase, slack off, hold in, check, lapse, abate, contain, let up, curb, down, control, remit, slacken, subside, hold, off, fall off, ebb.

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