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Meaning of “prop” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​windowkeeps 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 ​actorsperforming 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 (ON AIRCRAFT/SHIP)

[C] informal for propeller
  • 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 ​clothesline 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 rugbyteam 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 ​greatathlete.
(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 ​dooropen 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 ​becomeweaker without such ​help: [M] The US ​joined with other ​nations in a ​coordinatedeffortyesterday 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 ​theaterstage 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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