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

     

    tab

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tæb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæb//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tab
    BrE BrE//tæb//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæb//
     
    he / she / it tabs
    BrE BrE//tæbz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæbz//
     
    past simple tabbed
    BrE BrE//tæbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæbd//
     
    past participle tabbed
    BrE BrE//tæbd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæbd//
     
    -ing form tabbing
    BrE BrE//ˈtæbɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæbɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1tab somebody (as) something (especially North American English) to say that somebody is suitable for a particular job or role or describe them in a particular way He has been tabbed by many people as a future champion.
  2. 2tab something to use the tab key when you are using a keyboard
  3. Word Originverb late Middle English: perhaps related to the verb tag.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tab