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



    BrE BrE//plʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plʌɡ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plug
    BrE BrE//plʌɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plʌɡ//
    he / she / it plugs
    BrE BrE//plʌɡz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plʌɡz//
    past simple plugged
    BrE BrE//plʌɡd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plʌɡd//
    past participle plugged
    BrE BrE//plʌɡd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plʌɡd//
    -ing form plugging
    BrE BrE//ˈplʌɡɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌɡɪŋ//
    Showing films
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    fill hole
  1. 1  plug something (up) to fill a hole with a substance or piece of material that fits tightly into it He plugged the hole in the pipe with an old rag.
  2. provide something missing
  3. 2  plug something to provide something that has been missing from a particular situation and is needed in order to improve it A cheaper range of products was introduced to plug the gap at the lower end of the market.
  4. book/movie
  5. 3  plug something (informal) to give praise or attention to a new book, film/movie, etc. in order to encourage people to buy it or see it synonym promote She came on the show to plug her latest album. See related entries: Showing films
  6. shoot
  7. 4  plug somebody (old-fashioned, North American English, informal) to shoot somebody More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  8. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German plugge, of unknown ultimate origin.Extra examples In the lecture he demonstrated how different odours plug directly into our emotions. The system plugs directly into a television receiver. We kept plugging away at the school until they agreed to our demands. Divers succeeded in plugging the leaks from the tanker. Phrasal Verbsplug away (at something)plug somethinginplug something into somethingplug into something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: plug