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zap

verb uk   /zæp/ (-pp-) us  

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