Translation of "tap" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /tæp/ us /tæp/ -pp-

tap verb (HIT)

B2 [ I or T ] to hit something gently, and often repeatedly, especially making short, sharp noises

The branches tapped against the window. 樹枝輕輕敲打著窗戶。
I could hear him tapping his fingers on the desk. 我能聽見他用手指輕叩桌子的聲音。
I was tapping my feet (= hitting the floor gently with my feet) to the music. 我隨著音樂用腳打拍子。
Someone tapped me on the shoulder. 有人輕輕拍我的肩膀。

tap verb (GET)

[ T ] to get or make use of something

For more than a century, Eastern cities have expanded their water supplies by tapping ever more remote sources. 一個多世紀以來,東部的城市透過開發更偏遠地區的水源,擴大了水的供應。
There is a rich vein of literary talent here just waiting to be tapped by publishers. 眾多文學才俊匯聚於此,等待出版商慧眼識珠。

tap verb (PHONE)

[ T ] to use a small device attached to a phone in order to listen secretly to what people are saying

He suspected that his phone had been tapped. 他懷疑自己的電話被人竊聽了。

Phrasal verb(s)


uk /tæp/ us /tæp/

tap noun (DEVICE)

B1 [ C ] UK US faucet a device that controls the flow of liquid, especially water, from a pipe

the hot/cold tap 熱水/冷水龍頭
Turn the tap on/off. 打開/關掉水龍頭

[ C ] UK a device that controls the flow of gas from a pipe

on tap

used to describe beer that is served from a barrel through a tap


available for use at any time

Working in a library as I do, I have all this information on tap. 我在圖書館工作,可以隨時查閱所有這些資料。

More examples

tap noun (HIT)

B2 [ C ] a gentle knock or touch, or the noise made by knocking something gently

I gave her a tap on the shoulder and she turned around. 我輕輕拍了一下她的肩,她回過頭來。
There was a tap on the window - Dad was outside! 有人輕輕敲了一下窗子--是爸爸在外面!

tap noun (DANCE)

[ U ] →  tap dancing

He teaches tap and ballroom. 他教人跳踢踏舞和社交舞。

tap noun (PHONE)

[ C ] a small piece of equipment that can be attached to a phone in order to listen secretly to someone's phone calls

He claims that he knew nothing of government phone taps on journalists during those years. 他宣稱自己對那幾年政府監聽記者電話的事一無所知。

(Translation of “tap” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)