\ ˈsag How to pronounce sag (audio) \
sagged; sagging

Definition of sag

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
2a : to lose firmness, resiliency, or vigor spirits sagging from overwork
b : to decline especially from a thriving state
3 : drift
4 : to fail to stimulate or retain interest

transitive verb

: to cause to sag : leave slack in



Definition of sag (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a tendency to drift (as of a ship to leeward)
2a : a sagging part the sag in a rope
b : a drop or depression below the surrounding area
c : an instance or amount of sagging
3 : a temporary decline (as in the price of a commodity)
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Definition of SAG (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms for sag

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of sag in a Sentence

Verb The roof is sagging in the middle. The economy began to sag. As all our efforts failed, our spirits sagged. Noun if there's too much sag in the rod, the curtains will drag on the floor
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her works have a curious tension, full of taut sinews, often seeming to stretch and reach, or sag and droop, in ways eerily and powerfully reminiscent of the human form. Washington Post, 26 June 2021 If this spike in UFO interest plays out like previous ones, as journalists tackle what people usually perceive as an unserious topic, standards will sag. Sarah Scoles, The Atlantic, 25 June 2021 Turnout by his blue-collar base may sag without him on the ballot. John Harwood, CNN, 20 June 2021 By design, Gobert would sag off the corner if Mann was spotted up, and only give a mild closeout unless Mann started making the Jazz pay. Shane Young, Forbes, 19 June 2021 But the star of the show is a high-density, four-pound foam that provides maximum support so your mattress doesn’t dip or sag, as well as an extra layer of comfort. Lindsay Boyers, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Many of the wood pilings have shifted, cracked or collapsed under the pressure, causing the bridges and canal side walls to sag and crack. New York Times, 5 June 2021 Many of the wood pilings have shifted, cracked or collapsed under the pressure, causing the bridges and canal side walls to sag and crack., 5 June 2021 The semi-trailing-arm IRS didn’t sag inappropriately with a 6000-pound trailer on the bumper. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The explorers found that crossing between the two basins at this sag in the divide required only a relatively brief slog through the mud. New York Times, 17 May 2020 Some stretch to the ceiling, pulled seemingly to their limits; some sag under the weight of sand, and recall breasts or stones or tumors. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Unlike other times when opponents have had the momentum, the Wild didn't have an answer – a sag the team chalked up to a lack of energy. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 6 Mar. 2021 Quarterback play followed the same soar-sag script, with Jake Bentley comfortable as a QB could be, throwing and running for touchdowns in that first half and, then, In the second, seizing up, unable to move the attack. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 2020 Result: Some data showed a sag in start-up investments in the later part of 2019, but irrational exuberance largely continued. New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 Still, despite Cretton’s efforts to keep the technical twists of the case from reading like a PowerPoint presentation, there are sections of Just Mercy’s 136-minute running time that sag. David Sims, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2020 Despite this recent sag, the Bruins still rank third in goals-against average (2.33)., 7 Nov. 2019 Next, grab your anti-sag braces and find a place for them near the middle of the surface. Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of sag


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sag


Middle English saggen; akin to Middle Low German sacken to sink, Norwegian dialect sakka

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“Sag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sag

: to bend or hang down in the middle especially because of weight or weakness
: to become weaker or fewer


\ ˈsag How to pronounce sag (audio) \
sagged; sagging

Kids Definition of sag

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to sink, settle, or hang below the natural or right level The roof sags in the middle.
2 : to become less firm or strong As all our efforts failed, our spirits sagged.



Kids Definition of sag (Entry 2 of 2)

: a part or area that sinks or hangs below the natural or right level

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