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"prop" in British English

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propverb [T + adv/prep]

uk   /prɒp/ us   /prɑːp/ -pp-
to support something physically, often by leaning it against something else or putting something under it: I propped my bike (up) against the wall. She was sitting at the desk with her chin propped on her hands. This window keeps on closing - I'll have to prop it open with something.
Phrasal verbs

propnoun

uk   /prɒp/ us   /prɑːp/
  • prop noun (IN FILM/THEATRE)

[C usually plural] an object used by the actors performing in a play or film: The set is minimal and the only props used in the show are a table, a chair, and a glass of water.
  • prop noun (SUPPORT)

[C] an object that is used to support something by holding it up: I need some sort of a prop to keep the clothes line up.figurative A lot of people use cigarettes as a sort of social prop (= to make them feel more confident).
also prop forward a player in a rugby team who is large and strong, and who supports the scrum
  • prop noun (RESPECT)

props [plural] mainly US informal
respect for someone: I have to give her her props for being such a great athlete.
(Definition of prop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prop" in American English

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propverb [T]

us   /prɑp/ -pp-
  • prop verb [T] (SUPPORT)

to support something by putting something else under or against it: She propped the door open with a footstool. He was reading in bed, propped up by pillows.
fig. To prop up something/prop something up is to support something that would fail or become weaker without such help: [M] The US joined with other nations in a coordinated effort yesterday to prop up the value of the dollar.

propnoun

us   /prɑp/
  • prop noun (THEATER/MOVIES)

[C usually pl] an object that is used on a theater stage or in a movie: The only props used in the show are a table, a chair, and a glass of water.
  • prop noun (SUPPORT)

[C] an object used to support something or hold it in position
(Definition of prop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prop." in Business English

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prop.noun [C]

uk   us  
abbreviation for proprietor
(Definition of prop. from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prop”
in Spanish puntal…
in Vietnamese cột chống…
in Malaysian sangga…
in Thai ไม้ค้ำยัน…
in French support…
in German die Stütze…
in Chinese (Simplified) 支撑, 支持…
in Indonesian penyangga…
in Chinese (Traditional) 支撐, 支持…
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