Meaning of “zap” in the English Dictionary

"zap" in British English

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uk /zæp/ us /zæp/ -pp-

zap verb (GO QUICKLY)

[ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] UK informal to go somewhere or do something quickly:

Have I got time to zap into town and do some shopping?
George zapped through his homework and rushed out to play basketball.
There are now over a million American fax machines zapping (= sending quickly) messages from coast to coast.
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[ T ] informal to cook something in a microwave:

Don't bake potatoes in the oven, zap them in the microwave - dinner in 10 minutes!

zapnoun [ U ]

uk /zæp/ us /zæp/ mainly US informal

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

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zapverb [ T ]

us /zæp/ -pp- infml

zap verb [ T ] (DESTROY)

to destroy or attack something suddenly, esp. with electricity, radiation, or another form of energy:

The salon uses lasers to zap unwanted hair.

To zap something is also to cook or heat it in a microwave:

Do you want that meatloaf cold, or should I zap it?

zap verb [ T ] (GO QUICKLY)

to move something quickly:

You can zap files straight to the printer from a PDA or laptop.

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