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verb bite pronunciation in British 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
    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?

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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.



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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