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  Dictionary Definition of bait

bait
noun
1. food or some substitute used as a lure in fishing, trapping, etc.
2. food containing a harmful additive such as poison or razor blades used to lure and kill animals considered pests.
3. food containing a drug used to dope greyhounds, racehorses, etc.
4. an allurement; enticement.
5. Archaic. a halt on a journey.
-- verb (t)
6. to prepare (a hook or trap) with bait.
7. to add harmful substances to (food) to kill or drug animals.
8. to lure as with bait; seek to entrap.
9. to set dogs upon (an animal) for sport.
10. to goad to anger; torment (someone) for amusement.
11. Archaic. to feed (a beast of burden) during a journey.
-- verb (i)
12. Archaic. to stop for refreshment during a journey.
[ME, from Scandinavian; cf. Icel. beita ]
-- baiter, noun