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verb     lap pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlelapping
past tenselapped
past participlelapped
  1. 1



    lap up

    [transitive] if an animal laps water, it drinks it gently with its tongue
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive]Sound effect if water laps something or laps against something, it moves against it gently with a soft sound

    The waves lapped gently against the rocks.

    the sound of the sea lapping the shore

  3. 3
    [transitive] to pass someone else who is competing in a race when you are ahead of them by a whole lap

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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