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verb bite pronunciation in American English /baɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebiting
past tensebit
past participlebitten
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to use your teeth to cut or break something, usually in order to eat it
    Stop biting your nails.
    bite into: Tom bit into his sandwich.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a snake or insect bites you, it makes a small hole in your skin
    I was bitten by mosquitoes in the night.
    Does your dog bite?
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  3. 3
    [intransitive] if a fish bites, it eats the food that you have put on the hook in order to catch it
    The fish don’t seem to be biting today.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to have an unpleasant effect
    The economic slowdown is beginning to bite.



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