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noun (n)

  • anything that serves as an enticement (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: come-on, hook, lure, sweetener
    source: wordnet30
  • something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: decoy, lure
    source: wordnet30
  • Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • harass with persistent criticism or carping (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • lure, entice, or entrap with bait (
    source: wordnet30
  • attack with dogs or set dogs upon (verb.competition)
    source: wordnet30
  • To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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