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

     

    cup

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kʌp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cup
    BrE BrE//kʌp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌp//
     
    he / she / it cups
    BrE BrE//kʌps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌps//
     
    past simple cupped
    BrE BrE//kʌpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌpt//
     
    past participle cupped
    BrE BrE//kʌpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌpt//
     
    -ing form cupping
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1cup your hand(s) (around/over something) to make your hands into the shape of a bowl She held the bird gently in cupped hands.
  2. 2cup something (in your hands) to hold something, making your hands into a round shape He cupped her face in his hands and kissed her.
  3. Word Origin Old English: from popular Latin cuppa, probably from Latin cupa ‘tub’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cup