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Meaning of “rap” in the English Dictionary

"rap" in British English

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rapnoun

uk   us   /ræp/
  • rap noun (PUNISHMENT)

[C or U] mainly US slang a ​statementaccusing someone of a ​crime, or the ​punishment that someone is given for a ​crime: He always said he was ​jailed on a bum rap (= ​falseaccusation). The ​policecaught him, but ​somehow he ​managed to beat the rap (= ​escapepunishment). I'm not going to take the rap for you (= be ​punished for something you did).

rapverb

uk   us   /ræp/ (-pp-)
  • rap verb (HIT)

[I or T] to ​hit or say something ​suddenly and ​forcefully: She rapped (on) the ​table to get everyone's ​attention. The ​colonel rapped (out) an ​order to his men. [T] to ​criticize someone, ​especiallyofficially: The ​headlineread "Judge raps ​police".
  • rap verb (MUSIC)

[I] to ​perform rap
(Definition of rap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rap" in American English

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rapverb

 us   /ræp/ (-pp-)
  • rap verb (HIT)

[I/T] to ​hitsuddenly and ​forcefully: [I] We ​heard him rap on the ​door. [T] She rapped the ​table to get everyone’s ​attention.
  • rap verb (MUSIC)

[I] to ​perform the ​type of ​popularmusic of ​African-Americanorigin that ​featuresrhythmicspeaking set to a ​strongbeat: On his new ​album he raps about his hard ​life and hard ​times.

rapnoun

 us   /ræp/
  • rap noun (MUSIC)

[U] a ​type of ​popularmusic of ​African-Americanorigin that ​featuresrhythmicspeaking set to a ​strongbeat
  • rap noun (ACCUSATION)

[C usually sing] slang an ​accusation that someone has ​committed a ​crime, or ​punishment for a ​crime
  • rap noun (REPUTATION)

[C usually sing] slang a ​judgment, ​report, or ​reputation: The ​smell of the ​Great Salt Lake has given it a ​bad rap.
(Definition of rap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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