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"tape" in British English

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tapenoun [C or U]

uk   /teɪp/  us   /teɪp/
thin plastic in a long, narrow strip with a magnetic covering that allows sounds 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, narrow strip 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 stretched across the finishing line of a race that the winner breaks 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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tapenoun

 us   /teɪp/
  • tape noun (STICKY MATERIAL)

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

[C/U] a long, narrow strip of plastic or thin metal used to record and play sound or sound and pictures; a cassette or videotape: [C] Did you make a tape of Tyler’s concert? [U] Is that movie available on tape yet?
  • tape noun (strip)

[C] a long, narrow strip of cloth, paper, or thin metal: a tape measure

tapeverb [T]

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

to use a thin strip 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 record sound and pictures on a long, narrow strip of plastic or thin metal: 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 long strip of plastic with a magnetic covering for storing information, pictures, or sounds: Evidence from the tapes showed that the sales director 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 long strip 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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