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English noun: tap

1. tap (event) the sound made by a gentle blow

Synonymspat, rap

Broader (hypernym)sound

Narrower (hyponym)pitter-patter

2. tap (event) a gentle blow

Synonymsrap, strike

Broader (hypernym)blow, bump

3. tap (artifact) a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

Synonymshydrant, water faucet, water tap

Broader (hypernym)faucet, plumbing fixture, spigot

4. tap (artifact) a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)

Broader (hypernym)plate

Domain categorydance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore

5. tap (artifact) a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

Broader (hypernym)tool

6. tap (artifact) a plug for a bunghole in a cask


Broader (hypernym)plug, stopper, stopple

Part meronymbarrel, cask

7. tap (act) the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information


Broader (hypernym)investigating, investigation

8. tap (act) a light touch or stroke

Synonymsdab, pat

Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

English verb: tap

1. tap (contact) cut a female screw thread with a tap

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cut

2. tap (possession) draw from or dip into to get something

SamplesTap one's memory.
Tap a source of money.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)draw, draw off, take out, withdraw

3. tap (contact) strike lightly

SamplesHe tapped me on the shoulder.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)strike

Narrower (hyponym)percuss

4. tap (consumption) draw from; make good use of

SamplesWe must exploit the resources we are given wisely.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

Narrower (hyponym)commercialize, harness, maximise, maximize, milk, mine, overexploit, quarry

5. tap (perception) tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

SamplesThe FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy.
Is this hotel room bugged?.

Synonymsbug, intercept, wiretap

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)eavesdrop, listen in

6. tap (possession) furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

SamplesTap a cask of wine.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply

Verb grouptap, tap

7. tap (perception) make light, repeated taps on a surface

SamplesHe was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently.

Synonymsknock, pink, rap

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

8. tap (motion) walk with a tapping sound

ExamplesThe children tap to the playground

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)walk

9. tap (motion) dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes

SamplesGlover tapdances better than anybody.

ExamplesSam and Sue tap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

10. tap (motion) draw (liquor) from a tap

SamplesTap beer in a bar.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, take out

Verb grouptap

11. tap (contact) pierce in order to draw a liquid from

SamplesTap a maple tree for its syrup.
Tap a keg of beer.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pierce

Verb grouptap

12. tap (communication) make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

SamplesHenry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce.
My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities.

Synonymsbeg, solicit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Narrower (hyponym)buttonhole, canvas, canvass, lobby, quest

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