sap Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "sap" - English Dictionary

See all translations

sapverb [T]

uk   us   /sæp/ (-pp-)
to make someone weaker or take away strength or an important quality from someone, especially over a long period of time: Constant criticism saps you of your confidence. Taking care of her dying mother had sapped all her energy.
sapping
adjective uk   us   /ˈsæp.ɪŋ/
sapping heat/humidity

sapnoun

uk   us   /sæp/

sap noun (LIQUID)

[U] the liquid that carries food to all parts of a plant: Maple syrup is obtained from the sap of the sugar maple tree.

sap noun (PERSON)

[C] mainly US informal a stupid person who can easily be tricked or persuaded to do something: He's a sap for (= he can easily be persuaded to buy) any new machine.
(Definition of sap from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sap?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
child benefit

money received regularly by families from the government to help pay for the costs of taking care of children

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More