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

     

    sag1

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sæɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sag
    BrE BrE//sæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sæɡ//
     
    he / she / it sags
    BrE BrE//sæɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sæɡz//
     
    past simple sagged
    BrE BrE//sæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sæɡd//
     
    past participle sagged
    BrE BrE//sæɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sæɡd//
     
    -ing form sagging
    BrE BrE//ˈsæɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæɡɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to hang or bend down in the middle, especially because of weight or pressure a sagging roof The tent began to sag under the weight of the rain. Your skin starts to sag as you get older. Her shoulders sagged in defeat.
  2. 2[intransitive] to become weaker or fewer Their share of the vote sagged badly at the last election. We tried to revive her sagging spirits.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): apparently related to Middle Low German sacken, Dutch zakken ‘subside’.Extra examples He sagged wearily back in his chair. Helga’s body sagged forward. Martin sighed and sagged back in his chair. She sagged against the door. She seemed to visibly sag at the thought of what lay ahead. The shelf sagged under the weight of hundreds of volumes. a mattress that was beginning to sag in the middle Phrasal Verbssag off