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tap

verb [I/T]  /tæp/ (-pp-) us  

tap verb [I/T] (HIT)

to hit something lightly and quickly, or to make a sound by doing this: [T] She tapped the back of his hand. [I] Casey is tapping away at his computer. To tap is also to tap-dance .

tap verb [I/T] (OBTAIN)

to obtain or make use of something: [T] Their try to tap the studentsnatural abilities. [I] I can tap into computers all over the world.

tap verb [I/T] (TELEPHONE)

tap

noun [C]  /tæp/ us  

tap noun [C] (DEVICE)

a device that controls the flow of liquid, esp. water; a faucet : Please turn off the tap.on tap Beer that is on tap is served from a barrel (= large container) through a tap.

tap noun [C] (HIT)

a quick and light hit, or the sound that this makes : She gave him a tap on the shoulder. There was a tap at the door.

tap noun [C] (TELEPHONE)

a wiretap : They put a tap on her phone.
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