1 act of biting/amount of food
VERB + BITE have, take
PREP. between ~s She tried to talk between bites. | ~ from I took a bite from the apple. | ~ of Can I have a bite of your sandwich? | ~ out of She took a bite out of the slab of cake.
2 of an insect/animal
ADJ. insect, mosquito, snake, etc.
VERB + BITE get I got a lot of mosquito bites last night.
BITE + NOUN mark
PREP. ~ from a bite from a poisonous snake
3 small amount to eat
VERB + BITE grab, have We managed to grab a bite at the theatre before the show started.
PREP. ~ of a quick bite of lunch
PHRASES a bite to eat We'll have a bite to eat in town.
1 use your teeth
ADV. badly Their cat was badly bitten by a dog. | off He bit off a chunk of bread.
PREP. at He bit at his lower lip. | into She bit into the apple. | through The dog had bitten right through its rope.
PHRASES bite sth in half/two
2 have an effect
ADV. deep, hard As the recession bites harder, many small companies are going bankrupt.
VERB + BITE begin to, start to After two cold months, the coal shortage was beginning to bite.