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verb bite pronunciation in British English /baɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybite
he/she/itbites
present participlebiting
past tensebit
past participlebitten
  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'd been bitten by mosquitoes in the night.

    Does your dog bite?

  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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