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1 tap /ˈtæp/ verb
taps; tapped; tapping
1 tap
/ˈtæp/
verb
taps; tapped; tapping
Learner's definition of TAP
: to hit (someone or something) lightly especially with a small sound
[+ object]
[no object]
: to hit (your fingers, feet, etc.) against something lightly
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object] chiefly US : to choose (someone) for a particular job, honor, etc. often + for often followed by to + verb

tap in/into

[phrasal verb]
tap (something) in or tap in (something) or tap (something) in/into (something)
: to put (information) into a machine (such as a computer or telephone) by pushing buttons

tap out

[phrasal verb]
tap (something) out or tap out (something)
: to follow the pattern of (something, such as a rhythm) by tapping on a surface
: to press buttons on a computer or typewriter to write (something)
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2 tap /ˈtæp/ noun
plural taps
2 tap
/ˈtæp/
noun
plural taps
Learner's definition of TAP
[count]
: a light hit or touch or the sound that it makes
: a small metal plate on the sole or heel of a shoe used for tap dancing
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3 tap /ˈtæp/ noun
plural taps
3 tap
/ˈtæp/
noun
plural taps
Learner's definition of TAP
[count]
: a device for controlling the flow of a liquid or gas from a pipe or container: such as
: faucet
◊ In British English, tap is the usual word for this device. In U.S. English, tap is also commonly used in this way, but faucet is more common.
see pictures at bathroom, kitchen; see also tap water
: a device that allows someone to secretly listen to phone conversations
called also wiretap

on tap

: available whenever you need it
US : planned or scheduled to happen
see also spinal tap
4 tap /ˈtæp/ verb
taps; tapped; tapping
4 tap
/ˈtæp/
verb
taps; tapped; tapping
Learner's definition of TAP
: to take or use money, knowledge, etc., from a source
[+ object]
[no object]
often used figuratively
[+ object] : to make liquid flow from something by attaching a special device (called a spigot or tap), making or opening a hole, etc.
[+ object] : to place a device on (someone's phone) in order to secretly listen to telephone calls
[+ object] : to get something useful or valuable from (someone) usually + for
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