Meaning of “ape” in the English Dictionary

"ape" in British English

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apenoun [ C ]

uk /eɪp/ us /eɪp/

an animal like a large monkey with no tail, that uses its arms to move through trees:

Chimpanzees and gorillas are both apes.

Idiom(s)

apeverb [ T ]

uk /eɪp/ us /eɪp/ disapproving

(Definition of “ape” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ape" in American English

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apenoun [ C ]

us /eɪp/

ape noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

a mammal that has long arms and no tail or a short tail and that is related to monkeys:

Chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans are all apes.

apeverb [ T ]

us /eɪp/ often disapproving

ape verb [ T ] (COPY)

to copy something or someone:

Because of snob appeal, high-priced American clothing stores ape British usage and call suspenders "braces."

(Definition of “ape” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)