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verb bat pronunciation in British English /bæt/
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present tense
present participlebatting
past tensebatted
past participlebatted
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit the ball with a bat in a game such as baseball or cricket
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    1. a.
      [intransitive] in baseball or cricket, the team that is batting is trying to score runs (=points) by hitting the ball
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to hit something small that is flying through the air in order to stop it landing on you
    He was trying to bat the flies away with his newspaper.
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