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definition of the word bite

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Old English bītan, cognates include Old Norse bíta (Danish bide), Gothic beitan, German beißen. Akin to Latin findo (split).

to bite

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to bite (third-person singular simple present bites, present participle biting, simple past bit, past participle bitten)

  1. (transitive) To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
    As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
  2. (transitive) To hold something by clamping one’s teeth.
  3. (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
    That dog is about to bite!
  4. (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
    I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.
  5. (intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
    Are the fish biting today?
  6. (intransitive) To fall for a deception.
    I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?
  7. (intransitive, of an insect) To sting.
    These mosquitoes are really biting today!
  8. (intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision.
    This music really bites.
  9. (intransitive, slang) To plagiarize.
    He's biting my style.

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