bite ( bites plural & 3rd person present) ( biting present participle) ( bit past tense) ( bitten past participle )
1 verb If you bite something, you use your teeth to cut into it, for example in order to eat it or break it. If an animal or person bites you, they use their teeth to hurt or injure you.
Both sisters bit their nails as children... V n
He bit into his sandwich... V into n
He had bitten the cigarette in two... V n adv/prep
Llamas won't bite or kick. V
2 n-count A bite of something, especially food, is the action of biting it.
oft N of n
He took another bite of apple..., You cannot eat a bun in one bite.
A bite is also the amount of food you take into your mouth when you bite it., n-count
Look forward to eating the food and enjoy every bite.
3 n-sing If you have a bite to eat, you have a small meal or a snack.
INFORMAL a N, usu N to-inf
It was time to go home for a little rest and a bite to eat.
4 verb If a snake or a small insect bites you, it makes a mark or hole in your skin, and often causes the surrounding area of your skin to become painful or itchy.
We were all badly bitten by mosquitoes. V n, Also V
5 n-count A bite is an injury or a mark on your body where an animal, snake, or small insect has bitten you.
oft n N
Any dog bite, no matter how small, needs immediate medical attention.
6 verb When an action or policy begins to bite, it begins to have a serious or harmful effect.
As the sanctions begin to bite there will be more political difficulties ahead... V
The recession started biting deeply into British industry. V prep/adv
7 verb If an object bites into a surface, it presses hard against it or cuts into it.
There may even be some wire or nylon biting into the flesh... V prep/adv, Also V, V n
8 n-uncount If you say that a food or drink has bite, you like it because it has a strong or sharp taste., (approval)
...the addition of tartaric acid to give the wine some bite.
9 n-sing If the air or the wind has a bite, it feels very cold.
There was a bite in the air, a smell perhaps of snow.
10 verb If a fish bites when you are fishing, it takes the hook or bait at the end of your fishing line in its mouth.
After half an hour, the fish stopped biting and we moved on. V
Bite is also a noun., n-count
If I don't get a bite in a few minutes I lift the rod and twitch the bait.
12 If someone bites the hand that feeds them, they behave badly or in an ungrateful way towards someone who they depend on.
bite the hand that feeds you phrase Vs inflect
She may be cynical about the film industry, but ultimately she has no intention of biting the hand that feeds her.
13 If you bite your lip or your tongue, you stop yourself from saying something that you want to say, because it would be the wrong thing to say in the circumstances.
bite one's lip/tongue phrase V and N inflect
I must learn to bite my lip..., He bit his tongue as he found himself on the point of saying `follow that car'.
14 If something takes a bite out of a sum of money, part of the money is spent or taken away in order to pay for it.
take a bite out of phrase V inflects, PHR n
Local taxes are going to be taking a bigger bite out of people's income than they ever have before.
someone's bark is worse than their bite →
to bite the bullet →
to bite off more than one can chew →
to bite the dust →
bite-sized , bite-size
1 adj Bite-sized pieces of food are small enough to fit easily in your mouth.
usu ADJ n
...bite-sized pieces of cheese.
2 adj If you describe something as bite-sized, you like it because it is small enough to be considered or dealt with easily.
usu ADJ n (approval)
...bite-size newspaper items.
love bite ( love bites plural ) , lovebite A love bite is a mark which someone has on their body as a result of being bitten by their partner when they were kissing or making love. n-count