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tape

noun [C or U] uk   us   /teɪp/

tape noun [C or U] (RECORDING)

thin plastic in a long, narrow strip with a magnetic covering that allows sounds or sounds and pictures to be recorded and played again, especially one on which sound is (to be) recorded: magnetic tape I've got that film on tape (= recorded) if you want to borrow it. If you give me a blank tape (= one with nothing on it) I'll record it for you.
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tape noun [C or U] (STRIP)

a long, narrow strip of material that is sometimes sticky on one side: UK sticky tapethe (finishing) tape a tape stretched across the finishing line of a race that the winner breaks as they finish

tape

verb [T] uk   us   /teɪp/

tape verb [T] (RECORD)

to record something on tape

tape verb [T] (USE STICKY STRIPS)

to use strips of sticky material, especially to fix two things together or to fasten a parcel: She taped a note to the door.
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