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"tab" in British English

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tabnoun [C]

uk   /tæb/ us   /tæb/
  • tab noun [C] (SMALL OBJECT)

a small piece of paper, metal, etc. that is attached to something larger and is used for giving information, fastening, opening, etc.: Make a file folder for these documents and write "finance" on the tab. Insert Tab A into Slot A and glue, before standing the model upright.
US UK ringpull the small piece of metal, often joined to a ring, that is pulled off or pushed into the top of a can (= metal drink container) to open it
Northern English a cigarette
also tab of acid informal a small piece of paper containing the drug LSD
  • tab noun [C] (BILL)

the tab informal
the total money charged in a restaurant or hotel for food, drinks, etc.: He kindly offered to pick up the tab (= pay).
(Definition of tab from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tab" in American English

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tabnoun [C]

us   /tæb/
  • tab noun [C] (SMALL PIECE)

a small piece of material on a box, can, or container that is pulled to open it
A tab is also a small piece of paper or plastic attached to a paper or file so it can be found easily.
  • tab noun [C] (AMOUNT CHARGED)

an amount charged for a service or for a meal in a restaurant: He offered to pick up the tab for lunch (= pay for it).
(Definition of tab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tab" in Business English

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tabnoun [C]

uk   /tæb/ us  
a small piece of paper, metal, or cloth that is attached to the edge of something: The metal tabs at one end are where the wires fasten.
IT, INTERNET a small symbol on a website that gives you information about the different pages you can open on that website: Move between pages by clicking on the tabs at the top of the screen.
also tab stop IT a fixed position on a line of text that you are writing on a computer, etc. that can be reached by pressing the tab key
informal the amount of money that is charged for something: The committee will reimburse the state $70,000 of the $105,000 tab for a recent trade mission to Ireland. The tab to clean up the mess caused by the oil spill has already hit $9 million.pick up the tab (for sth) The state picks up the health care tab for many low-income clients.pay the tab (for sth) Pharmaceutical companies pay most of the tab for the trials.
a record of what you have ordered or used but not yet paid for, especially in a bar or restaurant: put sth on the/your tab Just put it on the tab, please.on sb's tab I ordered drinks for everyone, even though this was all going on my tab. They were put up in hotels on the state's tab.

tabverb [T, usually passive]

uk   /tæb/ us  
to think or say that someone or something should have a particular job or use: tab sb to do sth He was tabbed to restore glory and dignity to USA Basketball.tab sb as sth The CEO unofficially tabbed him as his successor.tab sb/sth for sth She was tabbed for a seat on the Board.
to put tabs on something: tab sth with sth There was a stack of mail-order catalogues tabbed with sticky labels.
(Definition of tab from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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