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rap

verb  /ræp/ (-pp-) us  

rap verb (HIT)

[I/T] to hit suddenly and forcefully: [I] We heard him rap on the door. [T] She rapped the table to get everyone’s attention.

rap verb (MUSIC)

[I] to perform the type of popular music of African-American origin that features rhythmic speaking set to a strong beat: On his new album he raps about his hard life and hard times.

rap

noun  /ræp/ us  

rap noun (MUSIC)

[U] a type of popular music of African-American origin that features rhythmic speaking set to a strong beat

rap noun (ACCUSATION)

[C usually sing] slang an accusation that someone has committed a crime, or punishment for a crime

rap noun (REPUTATION)

[C usually sing] slang a judgment, report, or reputation: The smell of the Great Salt Lake has given it a bad rap.
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