Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

zip - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb zip pronunciation in British English /zɪp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlezipping
past tensezipped
past participlezipped
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [transitive] to close or open something that has a zip
    zip something open/shut:

    She shoved the dress into the case and zipped it shut.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to be closed or opened by means of a zip
  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to move very quickly, or to make something move very quickly
    zip around/down/along etc:

    The car zipped past at 100 mph.

  3. 3
    [transitive] computing to compress a computer document so that it fills less space and can be stored more easily or sent by email more quickly


phrasal verbs



a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play