anything, especially food, used to attract fish or other animals so that they may be caught; anything used to tempt or attract a person to begin something he or she does not wish to do; to put bait on (a hook) or in (a trap); torment by unkind or annoying remarks
- The secret of successful trout fishing is finding the right bait.
- How can you expect to bait Mike into running for the class presidency when he has already refused every appeal?*
- Eddie is a good hunter because he knows the merit* of each kind of bait for the different animals.