- 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit a hard object or surface several times quickly, making a noise (+ adv./prep.) She rapped angrily on the door. rap something (+ adv./prep.) He rapped the table with his pen.
- 2[transitive] rap something (out) + speech to say something suddenly and quickly in a loud, angry way He walked through the store, rapping out orders to his staff.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] rap (something) (music) to say the words of a rap see also rapper
- 4[transitive] rap somebody/something (for something/for doing something) (used mainly in newspapers) to criticize someone severely, usually publicly Some of the teachers were rapped for poor performance. Idioms
NAmE//ræp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rap
he / she / it raps
past simple rapped
-ing form rapping
to criticize someone gently for something The company was rapped over the knuckles for broadcasting the interview.
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