American English

Definition of prop noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a piece of wood, metal, etc. used to support something or keep it in position Rescuers used props to stop the roof of the tunnel from collapsing.
  2. 2a person or thing that gives help or support to someone or something that is weak After being the emotional prop he needed for so long, she dared not leave him.
  3. 3[usually plural] a small object used by actors during the performance of a play or in a movie He is responsible for all the stage props and lighting.
  4. Idioms
    give props to somebody (informal)
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    used to say that people should appreciate what someone has done because it is good I gotta give props to the bass player. Please give props to the researchers for all their work. Props here means “proper respect or recognition.”
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