lap Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"lap" in British English

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lapnoun

uk   us   /læp/

lap noun (LEGS)

B2 [C usually singular] the ​topsurface of the ​upperpart of the ​legs of a ​person who is ​sitting down: Come and ​sit on my lap and I'll ​read you a ​story.
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lap noun (RACING)

B2 [C] a ​completetrip around a ​racetrack that is ​repeated several ​times during a ​competition: He ​recorded the ​fastest lap in last weekend's ​Hungarian Grand Prix. After a ​strongstart, she was ​passed by several ​runners in/on the ​final/last lap and ​finished ninth.lap of honour UK (US victory lap) a ​run around a ​track or ​sportsfield that is made by a ​winner of a ​race or a ​team that has ​won a ​game

lapverb

uk   us   /læp/ (-pp-)

lap verb (IN RACING)

[T] to go past someone in a ​race who has been round the ​track one less ​time than you: He ​finished last after being lapped ​twice by the ​leadingrunners. [I] to make one ​completetrip around a ​track

lap verb (DRINK)

[T] (of an ​animal) to ​drink a ​liquid by taking it in ​smallamounts into the ​mouth with a lot of ​short, ​quickmovements of the ​tongue

lap verb (HIT GENTLY)

[I or T] (of ​waves) to ​hit something ​gently, ​producingquietsounds: The ​water lapped against the ​side of the ​pool. The ​wavesgently lapped the ​shore.
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(Definition of lap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lap" in American English

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lapnoun

 us   /læp/

lap noun (LEGS)

[C usually sing] the ​topsurface of the ​upperpart of the ​legs of a ​person who is ​sitting down: Come and ​sit on my lap and I’ll ​read you a ​story.

lap noun (RACING)

[C] one ​completetrip around a ​racetrack or from one end of a ​swimmingpool to the other: Each lap of the ​track is 400 ​meters.

lapverb [I/T]

 us   /læp/ (-pp-)

lap verb [I/T] (HIT GENTLY)

(of ​waves) to ​hit something ​gently, ​producinglowsounds: [I/T] Waves lapped (at) the ​shore.
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(Definition of lap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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