bag Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “bag” in the English Dictionary

"bag" in British English

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bagnoun [C]

uk   us   /bæɡ/

bag noun [C] (CONTAINER)

A1 a ​softcontainer made out of ​paper or ​thinplastic, or a ​strongercontainer made of ​leather, ​plastic, or other ​material, usually with a ​handle, in which you ​carrypersonal things or ​clothes or other things that you need for ​travelling: a ​paper/​plastic bag a ​shopping bag (= a bag in which ​shopping is ​carried) a bag ofapples/​nuts Don't ​eat that ​whole bag of (= the ​amount the bag ​contains)sweets at ​once. I hadn't ​even packed my bags (= put the things I need in ​suitcases/bags).bags under your eyes dark, ​loose, or ​swollenskin under ​youreyes because of ​tiredness or ​oldage
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bag noun [C] (WOMAN)

slang a ​rude and ​insultingname for a woman, ​especially an ​older one: Silly old bag!

bag noun [C] (TROUSERS)

bags UK old-fashioned trousers with a ​wide and ​loosestyle: Oxford bags


uk   us   /bæɡ/ (-gg-)


[T] to put something in a bag: Shall I bag (up) those ​tomatoes for you?

bag verb (GET)

[T] UK informal to get something before other ​people have a ​chance to take it: [+ two objects] Bag us some ​decentseats/Bag some ​decentseats for us if you get there first, won't you?
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bag verb (WIN PRIZE)

[T] UK informal to ​winsth, ​especially a ​prize: He's the ​bookies' ​favourite to bag an ​Oscar. He is ​eager to bag his fifth ​victory of the ​season.

bag verb (KILL)

[T] to ​hunt and ​kill an ​animal or ​bird

bag verb (SUMMIT)

informal to ​reach the ​top of a ​mountain: We bagged three ​summits in one ​day.

bag verb (HANG LOOSELY)

[I] to ​hangloosely like a bag: I ​hate these ​trousers - they bag (out) at the back.

bag verb (NOT USE)

US informal to not use something that you have, and use something ​elseinstead: Bag that ​oldgraysweater, and ​wear something more ​colorful.

bag verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] Australian English informal to ​criticize or ​laugh at someone or something in an ​unkind way: Stop bagging her (out) - she's doing her ​best.
(Definition of bag from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bag" in American English

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bagnoun [C]

 us   /bæɡ/

bag noun [C] (OPEN CONTAINER)

a ​container of ​paper or ​lightplastic that is ​open at the ​top, used esp. to ​hold things you have ​bought: a ​grocery/​shopping bag


a ​container of ​leather, hard ​plastic, or ​clothmaterial with a ​top that can be ​closed, for ​carryingclothes or other ​objects, esp. when you are ​traveling; a ​suitcase: You can ​leaveyour bags in the ​hotelroom, and I’ll ​send someone up for them ​later. A bag is also a woman’s ​pocketbook: I ​carry a ​largeshoulder bag.

bagverb [T]

 us   /bæɡ/ (-gg-)

bag verb [T] (HUNT)

to ​hunt and ​capture or ​kill an ​animal or ​bird: Only 15 ​percent of last year’s hunters ​actually bagged a ​deer.

bag verb [T] (PUT IN BAG)

to put ​items in a bag: I’ll bag ​yourgroceries for you.
(Definition of bag from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bag" in Business English

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bagnoun [C]

uk   us   /bæɡ/
be in the bag informal if something is in the bag, you are ​certain to get it or to ​achieve it: The ​company goes into the ​year with 75% of its expected ​revenues already in the bag.
be left holding the bag informal to be made ​responsible for something that was really the ​fault of somebody else: He ​quit the ​company and we were ​leftholding the bag for the ​bad decisions he'd made.
(Definition of bag from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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