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zap

verb uk   us   /zæp/ (-pp-)

zap verb (DESTROY)

[T] informal to destroy or kill something or someone, especially intentionally: They've got the kind of weapons that can zap the enemy from thousands of miles away.figurative We're really going to zap the competition with this new product!

zap verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] informal to go somewhere or do something quickly: Have I got time to zap into town and do some shopping? George zapped through his homework and rushed out to play basketball. There are now over a million American fax machines zapping (= sending quickly) messages from coast to coast.
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[I usually + adv/prep] informal to use an electronic device to change television channels quickly, sometimes to avoid watching advertisements

zap

noun [U] uk   us   /zæp/ mainly US informal
energy and enthusiasm: She needs to put a bit more zap into her performance.
zappy
adjective uk   us   /ˈzæp.i/
a zappy tune
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