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cup

noun [C]  us   /kʌp/
a small, round container, usually with a handle, used esp. for hot drinks such as coffee and tea: Would you like a cup of coffee? A cup is also a unit of measure equal to half a pint and often used in cooking: a cup of flour

cup

verb [T]  us   /kʌp/ (-pp-)
to press your hands together to form a ball-like shape with an opening at the top between your thumbs, or to hold something gently with a hand or between both hands: He cupped his hands and dipped them in the water to get a drink. She cupped her baby's face in her hands and kissed him.
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