Definition of “cap” - English Dictionary

“cap” in British English

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capnoun [ C ]

uk /kæp/ us /kæp/

cap noun [ C ] (HAT)

A2 a soft flat hat that has a curved part sticking out at the front, often worn as part of a uniform

a thin hat that stops your hair getting wet when swimming or taking a shower:

UK a hat given to someone who plays for their national team in a particular sport, or a player who receives this:

Davis has 17 Scottish caps (= has played for Scotland 17 times).
The team contains five international caps.

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capverb

uk /kæp/ us /kæp/ -pp-

(Definition of “cap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“cap” in American English

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capnoun [ C ]

us /kæp/

cap noun [ C ] (HAT)

a soft, light hat, esp. one with a curved part sticking out at the front:

a painter’s cap
My uncle must have a hundred baseball caps to choose from.

cap noun [ C ] (COVER)

a small lid or cover:

a pen cap
I can’t get the cap off this bottle.

A cap is also a crown (= cover for a tooth).

cap noun [ C ] (EXPLOSIVE)

a small amount of explosive powder on a paper roll, used esp. in toy guns to make a loud noise

capverb [ T ]

us /kæp/ -pp-

cap verb [ T ] (LIMIT)

to put a limit on expenses or amounts charged:

Our mortgage is capped for five years.

(Definition of “cap” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“cap” in Business English

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capnoun [ C ]

uk /kæp/ us FINANCE

[ C ] an upper limit on the amount of money that can be spent or charged in connection with a particular activity:

a cap on sth They called for the government to keep the cap on public-sector spending.
impose/remove a cap The letter of intent defined the work to be carried out and imposed a cap on cost.

[ C or U ] abbreviation for capitalization :

We are investing in companies with an average market cap of $400 million.

capverb [ T, often passive ]

uk /kæp/ us -pp-

to put an upper limit on the amount of money that can be spent or charged in connection with a particular activity:

Annual expenses on each fund will be capped at 1.25%.
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the CAPnoun [ S ]

uk us ECONOMICS, POLITICS

abbreviation for Common Agricultural Policy :

Reform of the CAP has focused on reducing surplus production .

(Definition of “cap” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)