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verb American English pronunciation: tap /tæp/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theytap
he/she/ittaps
present participletapping
past tensetapped
past participletapped
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] Sound effect: tap to touch someone or something gently and to move them slightly, or to make a soft knocking sound

    Several young men were 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 organization planned to tap underground water resources.

    tapping trees for rubber

    1. a.
      informal to get money from a particular person

      They intend to raise the money by tapping shareholders.

      tap into:

      I'll have to tap into my savings to pay my bills.

  3. 4

    tap

    or

    tap into

    [transitive] if you tap something such as someone's 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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