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

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sapverb [T]

uk   us   /sæp/ (-pp-)
to make someone ​weaker or take away ​strength or an ​importantquality from someone, ​especially over a ​longperiod of ​time: Constant ​criticism saps you ofyourconfidence. Taking ​care of her ​dyingmother had sapped all her ​energy.
sapping
adjective uk   us   /ˈsæp.ɪŋ/
sapping ​heat/​humidity

sapnoun

uk   us   /sæp/

sap noun (LIQUID)

[U] the ​liquid that ​carriesfood to all ​parts of a ​plant: Maple ​syrup is ​obtained from the sap of the ​sugarmapletree.

sap noun (PERSON)

[C] mainly US informal a ​stupidperson who can ​easily be ​tricked or ​persuaded to do something: He'll ​lie around and ​let some other ​poor sap do all the ​work.
(Definition of sap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sap" in American English

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sapverb [T]

 us   /sæp/ (-pp-)

sap verb [T] (WEAKEN)

to ​graduallyweaken someone’s ​strength: Depression can sap the ​energy and ​self-esteem from an ​individual.

sapnoun

 us   /sæp/

sap noun (LIQUID)

[U] the ​liquid within a ​plant that ​carriesfood to all ​parts of it

sap noun (PERSON)

[C] dated a ​foolishperson
(Definition of sap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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