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

 

nap

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//næp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//næp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nap
BrE BrE//næp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//næp//
 
he / she / it naps
BrE BrE//næps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//næps//
 
past simple napped
BrE BrE//næpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//næpt//
 
past participle napped
BrE BrE//næpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//næpt//
 
-ing form napping
BrE BrE//ˈnæpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnæpɪŋ//
 
 
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  • (napping, napped) [intransitive] to sleep for a short time, especially during the day I tried to nap on the plane.
  • Word Originverb Old English hnappian, probably of Germanic origin.Extra examples During the flight you are advised to nap if possible. Studies show that napping at work can help keep you alert and refreshed. Try not to nap during the day.Idioms to get an advantage over somebody by doing something when they are not expecting it and not ready for it
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nap