Meaning of “strap” in the English Dictionary

"strap" in British English

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strapnoun [ C ]

uk /stræp/ us /stræp/

C2 a narrow piece of leather or other strong material used for fastening something or giving support:

Could you help me fasten this strap around my suitcase?

with this meaning as a combining form:

a watch strap
shoes with ankle straps

a strong strip of material hanging from the roof of a bus, train, or other public vehicle for passengers to hold onto if they are standing

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strapverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /stræp/ us /stræp/ -pp-

(Definition of “strap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"strap" in American English

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strapnoun [ C ]

us /stræp/

a narrow piece of strong material, esp. leather, used for holding or fastening something:

Her bag hung from its shoulder strap.
I lost my watch when the strap broke.

strapverb [ T always + adv/prep ]

us /stræp/ -pp-

to hold or fasten something with a strap:

I strapped on my helmet and rode off.
We had to strap the mattress to the top of our car.

(Definition of “strap” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)