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Definition of lap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    lap

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//læp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lap
     
    he / she / it laps
     
    past simple lapped
     
    -ing form lapping
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of water) to touch something gently and regularly, often making a soft sound The waves lapped around our feet. the sound of water lapping against the boat
  2. 2[transitive] lap something (of animals) to drink something with quick movements of the tongue
  3. 3[transitive] lap somebody (in a race) to pass another runner on a track who is one or more laps behind you She had already lapped most of the other runners.
  4. 4[transitive] lap something (over something) to fold something partly over itself or something else to form layers Lap the two pieces of fabric over each other to form a pocket.
  5. Phrasal Verbslap somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lap