Definition of cap
- a bottle cap
- a cap on military spending
- went cap in hand to the governor to seek more funds for education
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
a pipe capped at one end
Be sure to cap the pen when you are done using it.
The report caps a ten-year study of lung cancer among nonsmokers.
a concert capped by a fantastic fireworks display
If the teams don't cap player salaries, the league won't survive.
The law would cap legal immigration.
The government wants to cap councils that spend too much.
First Known Use: 1942See Words from the same year
: to cover the top or end of (something) : to put a cap on (something)
: to end (something) in usually an exciting or impressive way
: to follow (something) with something that is better, worse, etc.
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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