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Meaning of “zip” in the English Dictionary

"zip" in British English

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zipnoun

uk   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 ​smallslidingpiece over them, used for ​closingopenings 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   us   /zɪp/ (-pp-)
  • zip verb (FASTEN)

[I or T] to ​fasten something with a zip: This bag's too ​full, I can't zip it ​shut. This ​dress zips (up) at the back. Zip ​yourcoat up, it's ​coldoutside.
  • zip verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] informal to ​move or go ​somewhere very ​quickly: I'm just going to zip over to the ​shops - I won't be ​long. We were about to ​cross the ​road when a ​carsuddenly zipped past.
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(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 ​theircoats 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   us   /zɪp/ (-pp-) IT
to ​reduce the ​size of a ​computerfile 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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