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noun     bite pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] an act of cutting or breaking something using your teeth in order to eat it

    Anthony devoured half his burger in one bite.

    Donna paused in mid bite, and looked at him in surprise.

    1. a.
      an amount of food that you bite with your teeth

      Here, have a bite of my sandwich if you’re hungry.

  2. 2

    a bite


    a bite to eat

    [singular] a small meal, especially one that you eat in a hurry

    Will we have time to grab a bite before the show?

    1. a.
      a small piece of food prepared so that you can eat it in one bite
  3. 3
    [countable] an instance of an animal biting someone

    The dog gave him a nasty bite on the leg.

    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a mark or injury where an animal or insect has bitten you
  4. 4
    [countable] a pull at the hook when you are fishing, made by a fish trying to take the bait on the hook
  5. 5
    [singular] a very cold feeling

    the bitter bite of the wind

  6. 6
    [uncountable] a pleasant bitter or strong taste

    a soup with plenty of bite

    a crisp green salad with the added bite of radish

  7. 7
    [uncountable] a powerful, effective, or exciting quality

    His novel lacks any real bite.

    The fuel-injection system gives extra bite to the 24-valve engine.

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