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Verb: bate  beyt
  1. Moderate or restrain; lessen the force of
    "He bated his breath when talking about this affair"; "capable of bating his enthusiasm"
  2. Flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons
  3. (chemistry) soak in a special solution to soften and remove chemicals used in previous treatments
    "bate hides and skins"

Sounds like: bait

Derived forms: bates, bating, bated

Type of: beat, check, contain, control, curb, douse, dowse, drench, flap, hold, hold in, mod [informal], moderate, soak, sop, souse

Encyclopedia: Bate, Michael