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verb [transitive] cap pronunciation in British English /kæp/
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present tense
present participlecapping
past tensecapped
past participlecapped
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  1. 1
    to set a limit on the amount of money that someone can spend or charge
    The Department of the Environment is capping local authorities’ spending.
    The interest rate has been capped at 7.5 per cent.
  2. 2
    British to give a player a place in a countrys team for an international match in football, rugby, or cricket
    Rix was capped for England 17 times.
    He has now become Brazil’s most capped goalkeeper.
  3. 3
    to say or do something that is better, funnier, cleverer etc than something good, funny, clever etc that someone has just said or done
    Every time I made a joke, Kim tried to cap it.
    1. a.
      mainly journalism to be a very good or very important event that happens at the end of a series of events
      His victory in the world championship capped a brilliant week’s skiing.
      The festivities were capped by a presentation to all the committee members.
  4. 4
    to fix a hard cover to a tooth to protect it or replace part of it
    She’d had three of her teeth capped.
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  5. 5
    to put a cover or lid on something
    It’s a good idea to cap the chimney to prevent dirt from getting in.


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