cup

noun
\ ˈkəp How to pronounce cup (audio) \

Definition of cup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an open usually bowl-shaped drinking vessel
2a : a drinking vessel and its contents
b : the consecrated wine of the Communion
3 : something that falls to one's lot
4 : an ornamental cup offered as a prize (as in a championship)
5 : something resembling a cup: such as
a : a cup-shaped plant organ
b : an athletic supporter reinforced usually with plastic to provide extra protection to the wearer
c : either of two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts
d : the metal case inside a hole in golf also : the hole itself
6 : a usually iced beverage resembling punch but served from a pitcher rather than a bowl
7 : a half pint : eight fluid ounces
8 : a food served in a cup-shaped usually footed vessel a fruit cup
9 : the symbol ∪ indicating the union of two sets — compare cap sense 7
in one's cups
: drunk

cup

verb
cupped; cupping

Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to treat by cupping
2a : to curve into the shape of a cup cupped his hands around his mouth
b : to place in or as if in a cup

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Other Words from cup

Noun

cuplike \ ˈkəp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce cuplike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cup

Synonyms: Noun

mug

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Examples of cup in a Sentence

Noun

Would you like another cup of tea? The winner will take home the cup.

Verb

He cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted at us. I had to cup my hand to my ear in order to hear him. He cupped his mouth with his hands and shouted at us. I sat with my chin cupped in my hand.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tear baguette into pieces and soak in 1/4 cup water until absorbed, then squeeze out all moisture and transfer to large bowl. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mini Meatballs With Garlicky Tomatoes," 9 Aug. 2019 The 27-year-old has been in form form throughout Barcelona's pre-season and will continue between the stick throughout the La Liga campaign, with Neto given his chance in the domestic cup competitions. SI.com, "Picking the Barcelona XI That Should Start Against Athletic Club in La Liga Opener," 9 Aug. 2019 Combine the lime juice, parsley, cilantro, a pinch of coarse salt and ¼ cup water in a blender and puree on high speed until liquified. Los Angeles Times, "Gabriela Cámara’s Shrimp Aguachile With Cucumbers and Pickled Onions," 7 Aug. 2019 While the coconut filling is cooling, mix the rice flour, 1 cup water and salt in a medium bowl to form a smooth, thick paste. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Turmeric leaves embellish a special harvest dessert," 6 Aug. 2019 Huggzilla Sunrise Coffee: Have a hot cup of coffee while enjoying a teddy bear cuddle puddle. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "10 awesome Burning Man things to do on Day 1, Aug. 25," 5 Aug. 2019 Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water, drain pasta, and return it to the pot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Shrimp Scampi with Zoodles," 19 July 2019 Stir in 2¼ cups water and bring to a simmer over medium-high. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three new ways to love grains," 9 July 2019 The team also plays in cup competition Taça de Portugal, a knockout tournament that pits teams from all four divisions of Portuguese soccer. Vincent Nguyen, latimes.com, "Patience leads Bagramyan to professional contract with Portuguese soccer club," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When handling frogs they should be cupped around the body by one hand and supported beneath by the other. Iris Katz, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Pet Wise: Can reptiles and amphibians make good pets?," 20 July 2019 All along the wall the aunts are restive, some straining to listen, leaning forward, cupping a paw to an ear. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces," 10 June 2019 Goblet Squat Stand tall, with your feet just wider than shoulder width apart, and hold a dumbbell vertically against the front of your chest, with both hands cupping the top end of the weight and your elbows pointing down. K. Aleisha Fetters, Outside Online, "The Beginner's Guide to Weight Lifting," 19 June 2019 Just had to ask • If baseball really wants to speed things up, why doesn’t MLB put its players on a scratch, spit and cup-adjustment count? Dwight Perry / Sideline Chatter, The Seattle Times, "Sideline Chatter: But as Mars Blackmon taught us, ‘It’s gotta be the shoes’," 18 May 2019 Transfer to a shallow bowl and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup pistachios. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three new ways to love grains," 9 July 2019 In addition, if the lid of your cooler features cup holders, consider putting a plug made of insulating material like styrofoam at the bottom of them. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019 Shawn lit a cigarette, cupping his hands around the lighter, protecting the flame from the wind. David Canfield, EW.com, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019 In one unsavory incident, England winger Raheem Sterling cupped his ears after scoring England’s fifth goal and Montenegro fans responded with jeers before an object — reportedly a lighter — was thrown onto the field. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "PM May wants ‘swift action’ on racial abuse of England stars," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of cup

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cup

Noun

Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cupa tub — more at hive

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cup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small round container that often has a handle and that is used for drinking liquids (such as tea and coffee)
: the liquid that is contained in a cup
US : a unit of measurement that is used when you are cooking

cup

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

: to curve (your hand) into the shape of a cup
: to put your hand in a curved shape around (something)

cup

noun
\ ˈkəp How to pronounce cup (audio) \

Kids Definition of cup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a container to drink out of in the shape of a small bowl usually with a handle
2 : the contents of a small drinking container : cupful I drank a cup of tea.
3 : a unit of measure that equals half a pint or eight fluid ounces
4 : a trophy in the shape of a cup with two handles
5 : something like a small bowl in shape or use I picked her up in the cup of my hands …— Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain

cup

verb
cupped; cupping

Kids Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to curve the hand or hands into the shape of a small bowl
2 : to put the hands in a curved shape around She cupped my face.

cup

noun
\ ˈkəp How to pronounce cup (audio) \

Medical Definition of cup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually open bowl-shaped drinking vessel often having a handle and a stem and base and sometimes a lid
2 : a drinking vessel and its contents : the beverage or food contained in a cup a second cup of coffee
3 : something resembling a cup invagination of the blastula to form a multilayered cellular cup : as
a(1) : an athletic supporter reinforced for providing extra protection to the wearer in certain strenuous sports (as boxing, hockey, or football)
(2) : either of the two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts
b : a small bell-shaped glass formerly used in cupping
c : a cap of metal or plastic shaped like the femoral head and used in plastic reconstruction of the hip joint

cup

verb
cupped; cupping

Medical Definition of cup (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to treat by cupping

intransitive verb

: to undergo or perform cupping

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