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zapverb [T]

 us   /zæp/ (-pp-) infml
  • zap verb [T] (DESTROY)

to destroy or attack something suddenly, esp. with electricity, radiation, or another form of energy: The salon uses lasers to zap unwanted hair.
To zap something is also to cook or heat it in a microwave: Do you want that meatloaf cold, or should I zap it?
  • zap verb [T] (GO QUICKLY)

to move something quickly: You can zap files straight to the printer from a PDA or laptop.
(Definition of zap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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zapverb

uk   /zæp/  us   /zæp/ (-pp-)
  • zap verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] UK 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.
See also
[T] informal to cook something in a microwave: Don't bake potatoes in the oven, zap them in the microwave - dinner in 10 minutes!

zapnoun [U]

uk   /zæp/  us   /zæp/ mainly US informal
(Definition of zap from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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