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

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tapverb

uk   us   /tæp/ (-pp-)

tap verb (HIT)

B2 [I or T] to ​hit something ​gently, and often ​repeatedly, ​especially making ​short, ​sharpnoises: The ​branches tapped against the ​window. I could ​hear him tapping his ​fingers on the ​desk. I was tapping my ​feet (= ​hitting the ​floorgently with my ​feet) to the ​music. Someone tapped me on the ​shoulder. [I or T] to ​touch the ​screen of a ​phone, tabletcomputer, etc. in ​order to give an ​instruction for something to ​happen : You can ​manage the ​repeat and ​shuffleoptions by tapping the ​screenonce and ​swiping to the ​left. When I tapped on the ​updatebutton, the ​screen went ​blank.

tap verb (GET)

[T] to get or make use of something: For more than a ​century, ​Easterncities have ​expandedtheirwatersupplies by tapping ​ever more ​remotesources. There is a ​richvein of ​literarytalent here just ​waiting to be tapped by ​publishers.

tap verb (PHONE)

[T] to use a ​smalldeviceattached to a ​phone in ​order to ​listensecretly to what ​people are saying: He ​suspected that his phone had been tapped.

tapnoun

uk   us   /tæp/

tap noun (DEVICE)

B1 [C] UK (US faucet) a ​device that ​controls the ​flow of ​liquid, ​especiallywater, from a ​pipe: the ​hot/​cold tap Turn the tap on/off. [C] UK a ​device that ​controls the ​flow of ​gas from a ​pipeon tap used to ​describebeer that is ​served from a barrel through a tap available for use at any ​time: Working in a ​library as I do, I have all this ​information on tap.
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tap noun (HIT)

B2 [C] a ​gentleknock or ​touch, or the ​noise made by ​knocking something ​gently: I gave her a tap on the ​shoulder and she ​turned around. There was a tap on the ​window - Dad was ​outside!

tap noun (DANCE)

[U] →  tap dancing : He ​teaches tap and ​ballroom.

tap noun (PHONE)

[C] a ​smallpiece of ​equipment that can be ​attached to a ​phone in ​order to ​listensecretly to someone's ​phonecalls: He ​claims that he ​knew nothing of ​government phone taps on ​journalists during those ​years.

tap noun (SPEECH SOUND)

[C] specialized phonetics a ​sound made by the ​tonguemovingupwards and ​downwards very ​quickly and ​hitting the alveolararea
(Definition of tap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tap" in American English

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tapverb [I/T]

 us   /tæp/ (-pp-)

tap verb [I/T] (HIT)

to ​hit something ​lightly and ​quickly, or to make a ​sound by doing this: [T] She tapped the back of his ​hand. [I] Casey is tapping away at his ​computer. To tap is also to tap-dance .

tap verb [I/T] (OBTAIN)

to ​obtain or make use of something: [T] Their ​try to tap the ​students’ ​naturalabilities. [I] I can tap into ​computers all over the ​world.

tap verb [I/T] (TELEPHONE)

to wiretap a ​telephone

tapnoun [C]

 us   /tæp/

tap noun [C] (DEVICE)

a ​device that ​controls the ​flow of ​liquid, esp. ​water; a faucet : Please ​turn off the tap.on tap Beer that is on tap is ​served from a barrel (= ​largecontainer) through a tap.

tap noun [C] (HIT)

a ​quick and ​lighthit, or the ​sound that this makes : She gave him a tap on the ​shoulder. There was a tap at the ​door.

tap noun [C] (TELEPHONE)

a wiretap : They put a tap on her ​phone.
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(Definition of tap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tap" in Business English

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tapverb

uk   us   /tæp/ (-pp-)
[I or T] to get or make use of something that exists, such as ​money, ​skills, ​information, ​energy, etc.: The ​company has tapped a $8750 ​generalfundsurplus to ​pay for the ​buildingprojects. Ultra-deep water ​drillingtechniquesallow them to tap ​energyreserves once ​thought to be out of ​reach.tap into sth They are ​driven by a desire to tap into this ​lucrativecommercialmarket.tap sth for sth Do we have any ​assets that can be tapped for ​capital?
[T] US informal to choose someone for a ​job: tap sb to do sth The ​board tapped him to ​lead the ​company through ​bankruptcyreorganization.
[T] informal IT to put ​information, ​numbers, etc. into a ​computer, ​telephone, etc. by ​pressingbuttons: tap away at/on sth When I came in, she was tapping away at her ​computer.tap sth into sth He tapped his ​password into the ​computer.tap sth in Shoppers may also be ​asked to tap in ​identitynumbers at ​tills.tap sth out SMSallowspeople to ​sendmessages tapped out on the ​telephonekeypad.

tapnoun

uk   us   /tæp/
[C] a ​piece of ​equipment that ​controls the ​flow of ​liquid or ​gas from a pipe: Water was pouring out of all the taps. a gas tap
on tap informal available for use at any ​time: With the ​internet, ​firms have all this ​information on tap. US ready or likely to ​happen at a future ​date: Many ​investors are worried about what's on tap when the ​marketsreopen tomorrow morning. The ​company has about 115 new ​stores on tap for 2012.
(Definition of tap from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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