Adjective "bated" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


In great suspense; very anxiously or excitedly.
  1. 'I wait with bated breath to see what it will be like.'
  2. 'Montreal waits with bated breath until it is announced that the city's official bird is the… American Golden Finch!'
  3. 'Excited denizens have waited with bated breath as the clock ticked by - months, days, hours and finally the big moment itself.'
  4. 'With millions of Indians waiting with bated breath over the decision of the men in blue for the mini World Cup, cricket fever has only just begun.'
  5. 'Football fans are looking forward with bated breath to the clash of Kerry and near neighbours Limerick in the national league semi final later in the month of April.'
  6. 'If you have been waiting with bated breath to read it, email me.'
  7. 'Now, we await the minister's threatened exposé with bated breath.'
  8. 'The winners will be announced with bated breath on June 24.'
  9. 'As the 1000-odd crowd assembled at the spot watched with bated breath, the personnel started pulling the rope up with utmost care.'
  10. 'The young ones were waiting with bated breath to have a rendezvous with Kalam, for wherever he tours, a session with kids is very much part of his itinerary.'


1. to moderate or restrain: unable to bate our enthusiasm.

2. to lessen or diminish; abate: setbacks that bated his hopes. verb (used without object), bated, bating.

3. to diminish or subside; abate. Idioms

4. with 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.

More examples(as adjective)

"breaths can be bated."

"leads can be bated."


(bate)Late 16th century: from the past participle of obsolete bate ‘restrain’, from abate.