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"zip" in British English

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zipnoun

uk   /zɪp/ us   /zɪp/
  • zip noun (DEVICE)

B2 [C] UK US zipper a device consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth-like parts that are brought together by pulling a small sliding piece over them, used for closing openings in clothing, bags, etc.: to do up/undo a zip I can't open my bag - the zip has stuck.

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  • zip noun (SPEED)

[U] informal energy or speed: The new engine has given the car a lot more zip.

zipverb

uk   /zɪp/ us   /zɪp/ -pp-
(Definition of zip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"zip" in American English

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zipverb

us   /zɪp/ -pp-
  • zip verb (FASTEN)

[T] to fasten a bag, clothing, etc. with a zipper: [T] I’ve got so much stuff in this bag, I can’t zip it shut. [M] You have to help the kids zip their coats up.
  • zip verb (MOVE FAST)

[I always + adv/prep] to travel very fast: Messengers on bicycles zipped fearlessly through the capital’s traffic.

zipnoun [U]

us   /zɪp/ infml
  • zip noun [U] (MOVE FAST)

something that creates a feeling of energy or excitement: Add pepper to give a little zip to the sauce.
(Definition of zip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"zip" in Business English

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zipverb [T]

uk   /zɪp/ us   -pp- IT
to reduce the size of a computer file so that it uses less space, and can be more easily sent or stored: If you zip the file, it makes it easier to send.
(Definition of zip from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “zip”
in Korean 지퍼…
in Arabic سَحّاب…
in Malaysian zip, desingan…
in French code postal…
in Russian молния (застежка)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 扣件, 拉鏈,拉鎖…
in Italian cerniera, chiusura lampo…
in Turkish fermuar…
in Polish zamek (błyskawiczny)…
in Spanish cremallera, zumbido…
in Vietnamese khóa kéo, tiếng rít…
in Portuguese zíper…
in Thai ซิป, เสียงหวือ…
in German die Postleitzahl…
in Catalan cremallera…
in Japanese ジッパー, ファスナー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 扣件, 拉链,拉锁…
in Indonesian ritsleting, desingan…
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