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English definition of “lap”

lap

noun uk   /læp/ us  

lap noun (LEGS)

B2 [C usually singular] the top surface of the upper part of the legs of a person who is sitting down: Come and sit on my lap and I'll read you a story.

lap noun (RACING)

B2 [C] a complete journey around a race track that is repeated several times during a competition: He recorded the fastest lap in last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. After a strong start, she was passed by several runners in/on the final/last lap and finished ninth. lap of honour UK (US victory lap) a journey around a track or sports field that is made by a winner of a race or a team that has won a game

lap

verb uk   /læp/ (-pp-) us  

lap verb (IN RACING)

[T] to go past someone in a race who has been round the track one less time than you: He finished last after being lapped twice by the leading runners. [I] to make one complete journey around a track

lap verb (DRINK)

[T] (of an animal) to drink a liquid by taking it in small amounts into the mouth with a lot of short, quick movements of the tongue

lap verb (HIT GENTLY)

[I or T] (of waves) to hit something gently, producing quiet sounds: The water lapped against the side of the pool. The waves gently lapped the shore.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of lap from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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