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English definition of “tap”

tap

verb [I or T] (HIT)    /tæp/ (-pp-)
B2 to hit something gently, and often repeatedly, especially making short, sharp noises: The branches tapped against the window. I could hear him tapping his fingers on the desk. I was tapping my feet (= hitting the floor gently with my feet) to the music. Someone tapped me on the shoulder.Touching and feelingShowing affection
(Definition of tap verb (HIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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