Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tap”

See all translations

tap

verb
 
 
/tæp/ ( present participle tapping, past tense and past participle tapped)
KNOCK [I, T] B2 to knock or touch something gently: She tapped her fingers nervously on the table. I tapped on the window to try and get her attention.Touching and feelingShowing affectionSounds made by objects, movement or impact
A SUPPLY [T] If you tap a supply of something, you use what is available: There are immense natural resources here waiting to be tapped.Using and misusing
TELEPHONE [T] to use a special piece of equipment to listen to someone's telephone calls: [often passive] I think the phone's been tapped.Amplifiers, microphones and speakersSpying and espionageCommunicating by telephone
(Definition of tap verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “tap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More