how to pronounce tap


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tap is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tap in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… see mounts and we tap them down and then …”

meanings of tap


  1. To intercept a communication without authority.
  2. To drain off fluid by paracentesis.
  3. To cut an internal screw thread.
  4. To have sexual intercourse with.
  5. To draw off liquid from a vessel.
  6. To deplete, especially of a liquid via a tap; to tap out.
  7. To cadge, borrow or beg.
  8. To force (an opponent) to submit.
  9. To touch one's finger, foot, or other body parts on a surface repeatedly.
  10. To operate an electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) by tapping a specific place on its (capacitive or other) touch screen.
  11. To advance someone for a post or job, or for membership of a club.
  12. To strike lightly.
  13. To exploit.
  14. To put a new sole or heel on.
  15. To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection.
  16. To furnish with taps.
  17. To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.
  18. To turn or flip a card or playing piece to remind players that it has already been used that turn (by analogy to "tapping," in the sense of drawing on to the point of temporary exhaustion, the resources or abilities represented by the card).
  19. To make a sharp noise.
  20. To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'.


  1. A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound [[[ɾ]]] in the standard American English pronunciation of body.
  2. An Indian malarial fever.
  3. Initialism of total audience package: an offering that includes ads broadcast during every part of the schedule.
  4. Initialism of think aloud protocol.
  5. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking.
  6. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
  7. A device used to dispense liquids.
  8. A device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls.
  9. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor.
  10. A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel.
  11. The act of touching a touch screen.
  12. Ellipsis of tap dance.
  13. A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.).
  14. A signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed; usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo.
  15. A procedure that removes fluid from a body cavity.
  16. A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.
  17. Initialism of talk aloud protocol.
  18. An interception of communication by authority.
  19. A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask.


  1. Initialism of The Ada Project.

tap frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word tap occurs in english on average 25.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tap can be related to

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1) business and work;

2) leisure and entertainment;

3) people, society, and culture;

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