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tap

verb
 
 
/tæp/ (-pp-)
[I or T] to get or make use of something that exists, such as money, skills, information, energy, etc.: The company has tapped a $8750 general fund surplus to pay for the building projects. Ultra-deep water drilling techniques allow them to tap energy reserves once thought to be out of reach.tap into sth They are driven by a desire to tap into this lucrative commercial market.tap sth for sth Do we have any assets that can be tapped for capital?
[T] US informal to choose someone for a job: tap sb to do sth The board tapped him to lead the company through bankruptcy reorganization.
[T] informal IT to put information, numbers, etc. into a computer, telephone, etc. by pressing buttons: tap away at/on sth When I came in, she was tapping away at her computer.tap sth into sth He tapped his password into the computer.tap sth in Shoppers may also be asked to tap in identity numbers at tills.tap sth out SMS allows people to send messages tapped out on the telephone keypad.
(Definition of tap verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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