tap - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] an object used for controlling how much water, gas, or liquid comes out from a pipe or container. The American word for a tap that controls water is faucet

    There’s no hot water coming out of the hot tap.

    turn a tap off/on (=stop or start the water flowing):

    Just turn the cold tap on for a few seconds.

  2. 2

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    the action or sound of touching someone or something gently

    I felt a tap on my shoulder.

    A few taps with a hammer and it was fixed.

  3. 3
    [countable] electronic equipment used for listening secretly to someone’s telephone conversations

    She suspected they’d put a tap on her phone.

  4. 4
    [uncountable] informal tap dancing

    My daughter takes ballet and tap.