- 1[transitive] gag somebody to put a piece of cloth in or over someone's mouth to prevent them from speaking or shouting The hostages were bound and gagged.
- 2 [transitive] gag somebody/something to prevent someone from speaking freely or expressing their opinion The new laws are seen as an attempt to gag the press.
- 3 [intransitive] gag (on something) to have the unpleasant feeling in your mouth and stomach as if you are going to vomit synonym retch She gagged on the blood that filled her mouth. The stench of rotting meat made him gag.
NAmE//ɡæɡ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gag
he / she / it gags
past simple gagged
-ing form gagging