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



    BrE BrE//kæp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæp//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cap
    BrE BrE//kæp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæp//
    he / she / it caps
    BrE BrE//kæps//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæps//
    past simple capped
    BrE BrE//kæpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæpt//
    past participle capped
    BrE BrE//kæpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæpt//
    -ing form capping
    BrE BrE//ˈkæpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpɪŋ//
    Mouth and teeth
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    cover top
  1. 1[usually passive] cap something (with something) to cover the top or end of something with something mountains capped with snow snow-capped mountains
  2. limit money
  3. 2[often passive] cap something (especially British English) to limit the amount of money that can be charged for something or spent on something a capped mortgage
  4. beat
  5. 3cap something (especially British English) to say or do something that is funnier, more impressive, etc. than something that has been said or done before What an amazing story. Can anyone cap that?
  6. tooth
  7. 4[usually passive] cap something to put an artificial covering on a tooth to make it look more attractive synonym crown He's had his front teeth capped. See related entries: Mouth and teeth
  8. in sport
  9. 5[usually passive] cap somebody (British English) to choose somebody to play in their country’s national team for a particular sport He has been capped more than 30 times for Wales.
  10. Word OriginOld English cæppe ‘hood’, from late Latin cappa, perhaps from Latin caput ‘head’.Extra examples Council expenditure could be capped by the government. He capped his previous performance by winning five games in a row. The total annual fee is capped at 1.5 per cent. We will continue to cap local government spending where necessary. What an incredible story! Can anyone cap that?Idioms (informal) used to introduce the final piece of information that is worse than the other bad things that you have just mentioned And then, to cap it all, it started to rain!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cap