English

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

     

    zip

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//zɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they zip
    BrE BrE//zɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zɪp//
     
    he / she / it zips
    BrE BrE//zɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zɪps//
     
    past simple zipped
    BrE BrE//zɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zɪpt//
     
    past participle zipped
    BrE BrE//zɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zɪpt//
     
    -ing form zipping
    BrE BrE//ˈzɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɪpɪŋ//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1[transitive] to fasten clothes, bags, etc. with a zip / zipper zip something I zipped and buttoned my jacket. zip somebody/yourself into something The children were safely zipped into their sleeping bags. She zipped herself into a black evening gown. zip something + adj. He zipped his case shut. compare unzip
  2. 2[intransitive] zip (up/together) to be fastened with a zip / zipper The sleeping bags can zip together.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] zip (something) + adv./prep. (informal) to move very quickly or to make something move very quickly in the direction mentioned A sports car zipped past us.
  4. 4 [transitive] zip something (computing) to compress a file (= make it smaller) opposite unzip
  5. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: imitative. Phrasal Verbszip up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: zip