- 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[transitive] lap something (of animals) to drink something with quick movements of the tongue
- 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[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. Phrasal Verbslap somethingup
NAmE//læp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lap
he / she / it laps
past simple lapped
-ing form lapping