Definition of “tape” - English Dictionary

“tape” in British English

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tapenoun [ C or U ]

uk /teɪp/ us /teɪp/

tape noun [ C or U ] (RECORDING)

thin plastic in a long, narrow strip with a magnetic covering that allows sounds or sounds and pictures to be recorded and played again, especially one on which sound is recorded:

I've got that film on tape (= recorded) if you want to borrow it.
If you give me a blank tape (= one with nothing on it) I'll record it for you.

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tape noun [ C or U ] (STRIP)

a long, narrow strip of material that is sometimes sticky on one side:

I need some tape and scissors to wrap the present.
UK sticky tape
the (finishing) tape

a tape stretched across the finishing line of a race that the winner breaks as they finish

tapeverb [ T ]

uk /teɪp/ us /teɪp/

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

“tape” in American English

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tapenoun

us /teɪp/

tape noun (STICKY MATERIAL)

[ U ] a long, narrow strip of plastic, cloth, or paper that is sticky on one side and is used to attach things:

trademark Scotch tape

tape noun (RECORDING MATERIAL)

[ C/U ] a long, narrow strip of plastic or thin metal used to record and play sound or sound and pictures; a cassette or videotape:

[ C ] Did you make a tape of Tyler’s concert?
[ U ] Is that movie available on tape yet?

tape noun (strip)

[ C ] a long, narrow strip of cloth, paper, or thin metal:

a tape measure

tapeverb [ T ]

us /teɪp/

tape verb [ T ] (USE STICKY MATERIAL)

to use a thin strip of material to attach or join things:

I taped a note on her door.
He taped the pages back together.

tape verb [ T ] (RECORD)

to record sound and pictures on a long, narrow strip of plastic or thin metal:

This song was taped live in concert.

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

“tape” in Business English

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tapenoun [ C ]

uk /teɪp/ us

COMMUNICATIONS, IT a narrow, very long strip of plastic with a magnetic covering for storing information, pictures, or sounds:

Evidence from the tapes showed that the sales director was involved in corrupt negotations.
on tape They admitted on tape that they were working for a tabloid newspaper.
magnetic tape

WORKPLACE a narrow, very long strip of material that is sticky on one side and can be used to fix things together:

Attach the mat to the backboard with tape.

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