bite

I UK [baɪt] / US verb
Word forms "bite":
present tense I/you/we/they bite he/she/it bites present participle biting past tense bit UK [bɪt] / US past participle bitten UK [ˈbɪt(ə)n] / US
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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) [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) [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) [intransitive] to have an unpleasant effect

The economic slowdown is beginning to bite.

be bitten by the ... buginformal to become very enthusiastic about something

Joe was bitten by the acting bug as a five-year-old.

bite your tongue/lip — to stop yourself from saying something that might upset or annoy someone

I almost told her what I thought of her, but I bit my tongue.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [baɪt] / US noun
Word forms "bite":
singular bite plural bites
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1)
a) [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.

b) an amount of food that you bite with your teeth

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

2)
a) a bite or 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?

b) a small piece of food prepared so that you can eat it in one bite

mozzarella bites

3)
a) [countable] an instance of an animal biting someone

The dog gave him a nasty bite on the leg.

b) a mark or injury where an animal or insect has bitten you

I woke up covered in mosquito bites.

4) [singular] a very cold feeling

the bitter bite of the wind

5) [uncountable] a pleasant bitter or strong taste

a soup with plenty of bite

a crisp green salad with the added bite of radish

6) [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.

7) [countable] a pull at the hook when you are fishing, made by a fish trying to take the bait on the hook
See:
bark II

English dictionary. 2014.

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