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cup

noun uk   /kʌp/ us  

cup noun (DRINKING CONTAINER)

A1 [C] a small, round container, often with a handle, used for drinking tea, coffee, etc.: a cup and saucer a plastic/paper cup a coffee cup/teacup [C] US a container that holds slightly under a quarter of a litre of liquid, used for measuring when cooking

cup noun (SPORT)

B1 [C] a specially designed cup, usually with two handles and often made of silver, given as a prize in a sports competition or in a game or match in which the winner receives such a cup: Sheila won this cup in the school squash championship. The Davis Cup is an important championship.

cup noun (CONTAINER)

[C] a bowl-shaped container: an egg cup [C] one of the two parts that support the breasts in a woman's bra (= piece of underwear): "What size bra do you wear?" "I wear a C cup." [C] US (UK box) a curved piece of hard plastic that is worn by men while playing sports to protect their outer sex organs

cup noun (DRINK)

[C or U] a mixture of several types of drink, often including one that is alcoholic, often drunk at parties and usually served from a bowl: a strawberry/cider cup

cup

verb [T] uk   /kʌp/ (-pp-) us  
to hold your hands in the shape of a cup, often around something: She gently cupped the small injured bird in her hands.
(Definition of cup noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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