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 cup (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cup

Synonyms: Noun

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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 To use it, teacher can simply fill it with their favorite tea leaves, hang it on the rim of any cup and add hot water. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "Teacher Appreciation Week 2021: 10 gifts on sale to say thanks to your favorite teacher," 7 May 2021 The peas need to be thawed so that the ½ cup for mashing will break down easily. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Goat cheese gives a tangy boost to omelets, pasta, and salad," 4 May 2021 Put about ½ cup filling onto each circle (don’t overstuff). Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's how Milwaukee-area faith leaders view Easter dining, in a year and season of rebirth," 31 Mar. 2021 For a flavor boost, add ½ cup of dry red wine, madeira or unsweetened apple cider. Washington Post, "How big a turkey should I buy? That and other Thanksgiving FAQs answered.," 17 Nov. 2020 My plate builds around that with turnip greens, a cup of gumbo and a slice of key lime pie. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Southern Food Draft: Did we build the perfect meat-and-three plates?," 30 Apr. 2021 To prepare vegetables and rice: In a medium bowl, whisk 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt, until sugar is dissolved. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Sushi flavors come together in one satisfying bowl," 28 Apr. 2021 Kent Emanuel had just sat down in the bullpen and was preparing to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee during the first inning on Saturday. Kristie Rieken, ajc, "Emanuel goes 8 2/3 in relief in MLB debut, Astros bop Angels," 25 Apr. 2021 To the sauce remaining in blender, add scallions, cilantro and remaining 1/2 cup mayonnaise and puree until smooth; set aside for serving. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Spatchcock Chicken," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Working with one piece at a time, cup your hand over the dough, keeping the sides of your palm on the work surface. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "5 fun facts about S.F.'s Chinatown from the triumphant new Mister Jiu's cookbook," 16 Mar. 2021 My hands grip his unruly brown hair, his hands cup my face. Anastasia Garcia, Glamour, "My Last Five Dates: A Park Bench Orgasm, Depression Doughnuts, and a Rihanna Fashion Show," 11 Mar. 2021 After all, these sneaky chemicals can infiltrate foods and beverages at any point in their journey from farm to fork or from manufacturing plant to cup or bottle. Washington Post, "How to avoid the toxic kitchen chemicals that could damage your fertility," 5 Mar. 2021 Strike your match and immediately cup it in your hands to protect it from rain and wind. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, "How to Start a Survival Fire in the Rain," 1 Oct. 2020 Rodgers won't need to cup his hands over his helmet in order to hear play calls from the sideline. Star Tribune, "Silence won't be golden in NFL stadiums this fall," 7 Sep. 2020 As birds cup their wings and put their feet down, make excited clucks. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "5 Tips for Hunting Early-Season Resident Canada Geese," 11 Aug. 2020 Great pizzerias must nail the classics and this one came loaded with a mountain of delectable slices on top of the pie, that true to its name, cupped those spicy meat juices. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Dough Pizzeria Napoletana restaurant delivers pepperoni pie worth a drive," 15 May 2020 The attention to detail here is remarkable, from the aforementioned orange stitching to the subtle carbon-fiber trim around the instrument display to the graceful dash lines that seamlessly cups the tablet screen. cleveland, "Affordable Nissan Sentra makes your pulse accelerate, until you hit the gas pedal (review)," 9 May 2020

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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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Time Traveler for cup

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The first known use of cup was before the 12th century

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17 May 2021

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“Cup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cup. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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