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From the verb bate: (⇒ conjugate)
bates is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v 3rd person singular

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Bates  (bāts),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalKatherine Lee, 1859–1929, U.S. educator and author.

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    Bates /beɪts/ n
    1. Sir Alan (Arthur). 1934–2003, British film and stage actor. His films include A Kind of Loving (1962), Women in Love (1969), The Go-Between (1971), and The Cherry Orchard (1999)
    2. H(erbert) E(rnest). 1905–74, English writer of short stories and novels, which include The Darling Buds of May (1958), A Moment in Time (1964), and The Triple Echo (1970)
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    bate1  (bāt),USA pronunciation v.,  bat•ed, bat•ing. 
    1. to moderate or restrain:unable to bate our enthusiasm.
    2. to lessen or diminish;
      abate:setbacks that bated his hopes.

    1. to diminish or subside;
    2. 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. 
    1. (of a hawk) to flutter its wings and attempt to escape in a fit of anger or fear.

    1. 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. 
    v.t., v.i. 
    1. Clothing[Tanning.]to soak (leather) after liming in an alkaline solution to soften it and remove the lime.

    1. 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

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    bate /beɪt/ vb
    1. another word for abate
    bate /beɪt/ vb
    1. (intransitive) (of hawks) to jump violently from a perch or the falconer's fist, often hanging from the leash while struggling to escape
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French batre to beat, from Latin battuere; related to bat1
    bate /beɪt/ n
    1. Brit slang a bad temper or rage
    Etymology: 19th Century: from bait1, alluding to the mood of a person who is being baited
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