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"cap" in British English

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capnoun [C]

uk   /kæp/  us   /kæp/
  • cap noun [C] (HAT)

A2 a soft flat hat that has a curved part sticking out at the front, often worn as part of a uniform
a thin hat that stops your hair getting wet when swimming or taking a shower: a shower/swimming cap
UK a hat given to someone who plays for their national team in a particular sport, or a player who receives this: Davis has 17 Scottish caps (= has played for Scotland 17 times). The team contains five international caps.

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  • cap noun [C] (EXPLOSIVE)

capverb

uk   /kæp/  us   /kæp/ (-pp-)
(Definition of cap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cap" in American English

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capnoun [C]

 us   /kæp/
  • cap noun [C] (HAT)

a soft, light hat, esp. one with a curved part sticking out at the front: a painter’s cap My uncle must have a hundred baseball caps to choose from.
  • cap noun [C] (COVER)

a small lid or cover: a pen cap I can’t get the cap off this bottle.
A cap is also a crown (= cover for a tooth).
  • cap noun [C] (EXPLOSIVE)

a small amount of explosive powder on a paper roll, used esp. in toy guns to make a loud noise

capverb [T]

 us   /kæp/ (-pp-)
  • cap verb [T] (LIMIT)

to put a limit on expenses or amounts charged: Our mortgage is capped for five years.
(Definition of cap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cap" in Business English

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capnoun [C]

uk   us   /kæp/ FINANCE
[C] an upper limit on the amount of money that can be spent or charged in connection with a particular activity: a price/salary/spending capa cap on sth They called for the government to keep the cap on public-sector spending.impose/remove a cap The letter of intent defined the work to be carried out and imposed a cap on cost.
[C or U] abbreviation for capitalization : We are investing in companies with an average market cap of $400 million.

capverb [T, often passive]

uk   us   /kæp/ (-pp-)
to put an upper limit on the amount of money that can be spent or charged in connection with a particular activity: Annual expenses on each fund will be capped at 1.25%.
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(Definition of cap from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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