- another word for abate
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to moderate or restrain:unable to bate our enthusiasm.
- to lessen or diminish;
abate:setbacks that bated his hopes.
- to diminish or subside;
- Idiomswith bated breath, with breath drawn in or held because of anticipation or suspense:We watched with bated breath as the runners approached the finish line.
- Middle English, aphetic variant of abate 1250–1300
bate2 (bāt),USA pronunciation v., bat•ed, bat•ing, n.
- (of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.
- a state of violent anger or fear.
- Middle French (se) batre
Latin battuere to beat; compare abate
- Middle English baten to beat, flap (wings, etc.) 1250–1300
bate3 (bāt),USA pronunciation v., bat•ed, bat•ing, n.
- Clothing[Tanning.]to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.
- Clothingthe solution used.
- 1870–75; variant of beat to pare off turf, Old English bǣtan to bait; cognate with Swedish beta to tan, German beissen to macerate
- (intransitive) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer's fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape
- Brit slang a bad temper or rage