- 1strap something + adv./prep. to fasten somebody/something in place using a strap or straps He strapped the knife to his leg. Everything had to be strapped down to stop it from sliding around. Are you strapped in (= wearing a seat belt in a car, plane, etc.)?
- 2strap something (up) to wrap strips of material around a wound or an injured part of the body synonym bandage I have to keep my leg strapped up for six weeks. See related entries: Medical equipment Word Origin late 16th cent. (denoting a trap for birds, also a piece of timber fastening two objects together): dialect form of strop ‘strip of leather used for sharpening razors’.Extra examples He strapped his gun belt on. His money belt was securely strapped around his waist. Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. Make sure your passengers are strapped in.
BrE BrE//stræp//; NAmE NAmE//stræp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strap
BrE BrE//stræp//; NAmE NAmE//stræp//he / she / it straps
BrE BrE//stræps//; NAmE NAmE//stræps//past simple strapped
BrE BrE//stræpt//; NAmE NAmE//stræpt//past participle strapped
BrE BrE//stræpt//; NAmE NAmE//stræpt//-ing form strapping
BrE BrE//ˈstræpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈstræpɪŋ//Medical equipment