Definition of Bait by Merriam-Webster

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ˈbāt

transitive verb

1a : to persecute or exasperate with unjust, malicious, or persistent attacks

bait minority groups : to try to make angry with criticism or insults

baiting a politician during a debate

2a : to harass (a chained animal, such as a bear) with dogs usually for sport

b : to attack by biting and tearing

dogs baiting a fox

3a : to furnish with bait (see bait entry 2)

bait a fishing line bait a trap

4 : to give food and drink to (an animal) especially on the road

1a : something (such as food) used in luring especially to a hook or trap

using worms for bait

b : a poisonous material placed where it will be eaten by harmful or objectionable animals

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