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Definition of lap verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    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