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

     

    lap

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//læp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lap
    BrE BrE//læp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læp//
     
    he / she / it laps
    BrE BrE//læps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læps//
     
    past simple lapped
    BrE BrE//læpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læpt//
     
    past participle lapped
    BrE BrE//læpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//læpt//
     
    -ing form lapping
    BrE BrE//ˈlæpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæpɪŋ//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1[intransitive] (of water) to touch something gently and regularly, often making a soft sound The waves lapped around our feet. the sound of water lapping against the boat
  2. 2[transitive] lap something (of animals) to drink something with quick movements of the tongue
  3. 3[transitive] lap somebody (in a race) to pass another runner on a track who is one or more laps behind you She had already lapped most of the other runners.
  4. Word Originverb sense 3 Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘coil, fold, or wrap’): from the noun lap sense (1). The current senses date from the mid 19th cent. verb senses 1 to 2 Old English lapian, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch lapen.Extra examples The freezing water lapped over her boots. The water lapped around his ankles. The waves lapped at his feet. The waves lapped gently against the side of the ship. Phrasal Verbslap somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lap