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"lap" in British English

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lapnoun

uk   /læp/  us   /læp/
  • lap noun (LEGS)

B2 [C usually singular] the top surface of the upper part 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 complete trip around a race track that is repeated several times during a competition: He recorded the fastest lap in last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. After a strong start, 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 sports field that is made by a winner of a race or a team that has won a game

lapverb

uk   /læp/  us   /læp/ (-pp-)
(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 top surface of the upper part 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 complete trip around a race track or from one end of a swimming pool 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, producing low sounds: [I/T] Waves lapped (at) the shore.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of lap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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