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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)

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.
Translations of “rap”
in Korean 랩 음악…
in Arabic موسيقى الرّاب…
in French coup sec…
in Turkish bir ritim eşliğinde sözcüklerin söylenmesiyle yapılan müzik, vuruş, darbe…
in Italian musica rap…
in Chinese (Traditional) 音樂, 說唱樂…
in Russian рэп, легкий удар, негромкий стук…
in Polish rap, stukanie…
in Spanish golpe seco, Rap…
in Portuguese rap…
in German das Klopfen…
in Catalan rap…
in Japanese ラップ音楽…
in Chinese (Simplified) 音乐, 说唱乐…
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