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bate vb.2 (for the meanings cf. the older ABATE)
1. to blunt LLL. I. i. 6 “bate his scythe's keen edge.”
2. to reduce, diminish, weaken Mer.V. III. iii. 32, IV. i. 72, Tim. III. iii. 26; “bated breath”: subdued or restrained breathing Mer.V. I. iii. 125.
3. to decrease, fall off 1H4 III. iii. 2 “do I not bate? do I not dwindle?”
4. to deduct Tp. I. ii. 250 “To bate me a full year,” 2H4 Epil. 16, Ham. V. ii. 23 “no leisure bated” ; absol. Cym. III. ii. 55 “O let me bate.”
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