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verb tap pronunciation in British English /tæp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletapping
past tensetapped
past participletapped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to touch someone or something gently and to move them slightly, or to make a soft knocking sound
    Michael tapped his nose with his forefinger.
    He tapped another code into the computer.
    Several young men sat tapping away at keyboards (=using computers).
    tap at/on/against: We could hear someone tapping at the door.
    tap someone on something: I tapped him on the shoulder and he jumped.
    1. a.
      to touch the screen of a mobile device in order to make something happen
      If you have decided to attend a programme, tap this button to add and synchronise the event details.
      Tap here to activate plugin.
  2. 3
    [transitive] to get a substance from a particular place or object
    The scheme aimed to tap underground water resources.
    tapping trees for rubber
    1. a.
      informal to get money from a particular person
      tap someone for something: I’ll have to tap Mum for my bus fare.
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    tap into

    [transitive] if you tap something such as someones ability or a supply of information, you use it or get some benefit from it
    Are you tapping your staff’s full potential?
    Several other companies were already tapping this market.

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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