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

      

    tape

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//teɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tape
    BrE BrE//teɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪp//
     
    he / she / it tapes
    BrE BrE//teɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪps//
     
    past simple taped
    BrE BrE//teɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪpt//
     
    past participle taped
    BrE BrE//teɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//teɪpt//
     
    -ing form taping
    BrE BrE//ˈteɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteɪpɪŋ//
     
    Medical equipment
     
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  1. 1tape somebody/something to record somebody/something on magnetic tape using a special machine Will you tape that discussion programme for me tonight? Private conversations between the two had been taped and sent to a newspaper. a taped announcement
  2. 2tape something (up) to fasten something by sticking or tying it with tape Put it in a box and tape it up securely.
  3. 3tape something + adv./prep. to stick something onto something else using sticky tape Someone had taped a message on the door.
  4. 4tape something (up) (North American English) to tie a bandage firmly around an injury or a wound That's a nasty cut—come on, we'll get it all taped up. See related entries: Medical equipment
  5. Word Origin Old English tæppa, tæppe; perhaps related to Middle Low German teppen ‘pluck, tear’.Extra examples She had taped a note to the fridge door. Someone had taped a note onto my door. The area had been taped off by police. The box was all taped up. The lid was taped down to hold it in place. The wires are taped firmly together.Idioms
    have (got) somebody/something taped
     
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    (British English, informal) to understand somebody/something completely and to have learned how to deal with them/it successfully He can't fool me—I've got him taped. It took me a while to learn the job, but I think I’ve got it taped now.
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