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English definition of “tap”

tap

verb [I or T] (HIT)    /tæp/ (-pp-)
B2 to hit something gently , and often repeatedly , especially making short , sharp noises : The branches tapped against the window . I could hear him tapping his fingers on the desk . I was tapping my feet (= hitting the floor gently with my feet ) to the music . Someone tapped me on the shoulder .Touching and feelingShowing affection to touch the screen of a phone , tablet computer , etc. in order to give an instruction for something to happen : You can manage the repeat and shuffle options by tapping the screen once and swiping to the left . When I tapped on the update button , the screen went blank .
(Definition of tap verb (HIT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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