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Definition of gag verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gag

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gag
    BrE BrE//ɡæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæɡ//
     
    he / she / it gags
    BrE BrE//ɡæɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæɡz//
     
    past simple gagged
    BrE BrE//ɡæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæɡd//
     
    past participle gagged
    BrE BrE//ɡæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæɡd//
     
    -ing form gagging
    BrE BrE//ˈɡæɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæɡɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] gag somebody to put a piece of cloth in or over somebody’s mouth to prevent them from speaking or shouting The hostages were bound and gagged. The men left the security guards bound and gagged.
  2. 2[transitive] gag somebody/something to prevent somebody from speaking freely or expressing their opinion The new laws are seen as an attempt to gag the press. see also gagging order
  3. 3[intransitive] gag (on something) to have the unpleasant feeling in your mouth and stomach as if you are going to vomit synonym retch She gagged on the blood that filled her mouth. The stench of rotting meat made him gag.
  4. Word Originverb Middle English: perhaps related to Old Norse gagháls ‘with the neck thrown back’, or imitative of a person choking. Idioms
    be gagging for something/to do something
     
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    (British English, slang) to want something or want to do something very much I’m gagging for another drink. Today’s top stars are no longer gagging to play for their country.
    (British English, slang) to want very much to have sex You could tell she was gagging for it.
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