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

 

sap

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//sæp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sæp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sap
BrE BrE//sæp//
 
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he / she / it saps
BrE BrE//sæps//
 
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past simple sapped
BrE BrE//sæpt//
 
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past participle sapped
BrE BrE//sæpt//
 
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-ing form sapping
BrE BrE//ˈsæpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæpɪŋ//
 
 
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(sapping, sapped) to make something/somebody weaker; to destroy something gradually sap something The hot sun sapped our energy. The fever slowly sapped her strength. sap somebody (of something) Years of failure have sapped him of his confidence. Word Originverb Old English sæp, probably of Germanic origin. The verb (dating from the mid 18th cent.) is often interpreted as a figurative use of the notion “drain the sap from”, but is derived originally from the verb sap, in the sense ‘undermine’.
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