bit

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 [ˈbɪt]


For the verb: "to bite"

Simple Past: bit
Past Participle: bitten
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
bit
‘bit’
A bit is a small amount or a small part of something.
There's a bit of cake left.
He found a few bits of wood in the garage.
‘a bit’
A bit means ‘to a small degree’.
She looks a bit like her mother.
He was a bit deaf.
Be careful
Don't use ‘a bit’ with an adjective in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, ‘He was a bit deaf man’.
Adverbs and adverbials (for a graded list of words used to indicate degree)
‘a bit of’
In conversation and in less formal writing, you can use a bit of in front of a and a noun. You do this to make a statement seem less extreme.
Our room was a bit of a mess too.
His question came as a bit of a shock.
‘a bit’ and ‘one bit’ with negatives
You can add a bit or one bit at the end of a negative statement to make it stronger.
I don't like this one bit.
She hadn't changed a bit.
‘not a bit’
You can use not a bit in front of an adjective to emphasize that someone or something does not have a particular quality. For example, if you say you are not a bit hungry, you mean you are not hungry at all.
They're not a bit interested.
I wasn't a bit surprised by the news.
‘for a bit’
For a bit means ‘for a short period of time’.
She was silent for a bit.
Why can't we stay here for a bit?
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
bite
When a person or animal bites something, they use their teeth to cut into it or through it. The past tense of bite is bit. The past participle is bitten.
My dog bit me.
You are quite liable to get bitten by an eel.
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