Meaning of BITE in English

BITE

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1. to bite something

2. to bite someone

3. a wound caused by an animal or insect biting you

4. to bite something several times, especially food

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1. to bite something

▷ bite /baɪt/ [transitive verb]

▪ I sometimes bite my fingernails when I’m nervous.

▪ Barry bit the corner of the packet to open it.

bite [countable noun]

▪ After two bites I realised the apple was rotten.

▷ take a bite /ˌteɪk ə ˈbaɪt/ [verb phrase]

to bite off a piece of food and eat it :

▪ She took a bite of doughnut, and chewed it slowly.

▪ ‘This looks delicious,’ he said, taking a bite.

▷ bite off /ˌbaɪt ˈɒf/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to remove something by biting it :

bite off something

▪ The dog’s bitten off the heel of my shoe.

bite something off

▪ He took out a cigar and bit the end off.

▪ Kenny’s favourite party trick is to bite the caps off beer bottles.

▷ bite into /ˈbaɪt ɪntuː/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to bite a piece of food :

bite into something

▪ Earl picked up his sandwich and bit into it.

▪ Henry cracked a tooth biting into a piece of hard candy.

2. to bite someone

▷ bite /baɪt/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

▪ Don’t worry about the dog - he won’t bite.

▪ She fought off her attacker, scratching and biting him.

bite somebody on the face/hand/leg etc

▪ On just the second day of the trip, I was bitten on the leg by a snake.

▷ sink your teeth into /ˌsɪŋk jɔːʳ ˈtiːθ ɪntuː/ [verb phrase]

to bite a part of someone’s body very hard so that your teeth go into their flesh :

▪ The dog leapt at him, sinking its teeth into his arm.

▪ The shark sank its teeth into the soft flesh of his thigh.

▷ snap at /ˈsnæp æt/ [verb phrase]

to try to bite someone by making quick biting movements :

▪ Sean came running around the corner of the house with a small dog snapping at his heels.

▪ Every time your puppy snaps at someone, give him a smack on the butt with a rolled up newspaper.

▷ nip /nɪp/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to bite someone or something with small sharp bites, or to try to do this :

▪ When I took the hamster out of his cage, he nipped me.

nip at

▪ A school of fish swam around her feet, some nipping at her ankles.

▷ give somebody a bite /ˌgɪv somebody ə ˈbaɪt/ [verb phrase] especially British

to bite someone, not very hard :

▪ Don’t try to pet the parrot - he could give you a really nasty bite.

3. a wound caused by an animal or insect biting you

▷ bite /baɪt/ [countable noun]

▪ Animal bites should be treated immediately.

▪ We woke up to find ourselves covered in mosquito bites.

4. to bite something several times, especially food

▷ chew /tʃuː/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to keep biting something that is in your mouth :

▪ Chew your food. Don’t eat so quickly.

▪ Helen sat there, chewing a piece of gum.

chew on

▪ I gave the baby my key ring to chew on.

▷ gnaw /nɔː/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

if an animal gnaws something, it bites it repeatedly in order to eat it or destroy it :

▪ The dog lay in the yard and gnawed its bone.

gnaw at

▪ The cat began to gnaw at the skin of the dead snake.

gnaw through

▪ A rat’s teeth are strong enough to gnaw through lead pipes.

▷ peck /pek/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

if a bird pecks something, it makes quick repeated movements with its beak to try to bite it :

▪ There was a red mark where the pigeon had pecked her hand.

▪ The woodpecker’s long beak is specially designed for pecking.

peck at

▪ Hens pecked at the corn scattered on the ground.

peck [countable noun]

▪ It takes several pecks for the chick to make a hole in the eggshell.

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