|1.||another word for abate|
|2.||with bated breath holding one's breath in suspense or fear|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
with bated breath
Eagerly or anxiously, as in We waited for the announcement of the winner with bated breath. This expression literally means "holding one's breath" (bate means "restrain"). Today it is also used somewhat ironically, indicating one is not all that eager or anxious. [Late 1500s] Also see hold one's breath, def. 2.