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"tape" in British English

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tapenoun [C or U]

uk   /teɪp/  us   /teɪp/
thinplastic in a ​long, ​narrowstrip with a magneticcovering that ​allowssounds or ​sounds and ​pictures to be ​recorded and ​played again, ​especially one on which ​sound is ​recorded: magnetic tape I've got that ​film on tape (= ​recorded) if you ​want to ​borrow it. If you give me a blank tape (= one with nothing on it) I'll ​record it for you.

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a ​long, ​narrowstrip of ​material that is sometimes ​sticky on one ​side: I need some tape and ​scissors to ​wrap the ​present.UK sticky tape
the (finishing) tape
a tape ​stretchedacross the ​finishingline of a ​race that the ​winnerbreaks as they ​finish

tapeverb [T]

uk   /teɪp/  us   /teɪp/
(Definition of tape from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tape" in American English

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 us   /teɪp/
  • tape noun (STICKY MATERIAL)

[U] a ​long, ​narrowstrip of ​plastic, ​cloth, or ​paper that is ​sticky on one ​side and is used to ​attach things: masking/​duct tape packing/​electrical tape trademarkScotch tape
  • tape noun (RECORDING MATERIAL)

[C/U] a ​long, ​narrowstrip of ​plastic or ​thinmetal used to ​record and ​playsound or ​sound and ​pictures; a ​cassette or ​videotape: [C] Did you make a tape of Tyler’s ​concert? [U] Is that ​movieavailable on tape ​yet?
  • tape noun (strip)

[C] a ​long, ​narrowstrip of ​cloth, ​paper, or ​thinmetal: a tape ​measure

tapeverb [T]

 us   /teɪp/
  • tape verb [T] (USE STICKY MATERIAL)

to use a ​thinstrip of ​material to ​attach or ​join things: I taped a ​note on her ​door. He taped the ​pages back together.
  • tape verb [T] (RECORD)

to ​recordsound and ​pictures on a ​long, ​narrowstrip of ​plastic or ​thinmetal: This ​song was taped ​live in ​concert.
(Definition of tape from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tape" in Business English

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tapenoun [C]

uk   us   /teɪp/
COMMUNICATIONS, IT a ​narrow, very ​longstrip of ​plastic with a magnetic ​covering for ​storinginformation, pictures, or sounds: Evidence from the tapes showed that the ​salesdirector was involved in ​corrupt negotations.on tape They ​admitted on tape that they were ​working for a tabloid ​newspaper. magnetic tape
WORKPLACE a ​narrow, very ​longstrip of ​material that is ​sticky on one ​side and can be used to ​fix things together: Attach the mat to the backboard with tape.
(Definition of tape from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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