\ 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 With the ship beached at both ends, the bow and stern carried the vessel’s entire weight, and the middle section began to sag, which created what experts described as micro-cracks in the ship’s hull. Los Angeles Times, "Ship stuck in Suez Canal is freed, allowing vital waterway to reopen," 28 Mar. 2021 Extra cushioning on the bottom provides insulation against the cold ground, and the merino/nylon/spandex blend keeps you warm, wicks moisture and won’t sag. Outdoor Life, "Best Men’s Socks to Keep Your Feet Warm," 11 Mar. 2021 The team’s lack of rim protection, which creates other such issues as perimeter defenders having to sag off their man, is something that could be solved only by the return of Hill or an incoming post player. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Five ways UCLA can tweak its approach to avoid marching to a sad ending," 12 Mar. 2021 The roof of her Mesquite home was crumbling, causing her ceiling to sag and cave. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "A disabled Navy veteran’s roof was crumbling — then a Mesquite company with a heart for service stepped in," 11 Mar. 2021 In late 2014, as oil prices began to sag as American oil production surged, Saudi Arabia and OPEC cranked up production, sending prices plummeting. New York Times, "Why $4-a-Gallon Gas May Be Coming Your Way This Summer," 11 Mar. 2021 Made with two layers of pressure-relieving memory foam and a durable microfiber cover, Casper’s dog bed doesn't sink or sag over time and provides tons of support for dogs who need it. Nina Huang, Better Homes & Gardens, "An Orthopedic Dog Bed Is a Must-Have Accessory to Keep Your Pup Healthy," 1 Mar. 2021 Steer clear of particle board, which will not support weight and can sag or fall apart quickly. Popular Science, "Best kids’ desk: home and bedroom furniture to boost creativity," 21 Feb. 2021 Unlike the previous game, the Wild didn't sag after moving ahead by a pair of goals. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild pours it on in 5-1 road win over Ducks," 20 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Wild blows chance to gain ground on Coyotes with split," 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, "Gordon Monson: Utah football is on a wobbly descent, suffering before it can ascend to something better in the days ahead," 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, "When an Oil Price War Meets Coronavirus Fears, Markets Get Punched in the Face," 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, "The Strength of Just Mercy Is Also Its Weakness," 10 Jan. 2020 Despite this recent sag, the Bruins still rank third in goals-against average (2.33)., "Across the league, teams have allowed five or more goals about 20 percent of the time. In Boston, 6 percent. Once in 15 games. That was Tuesday, when Rask spit the bit in Montreal.," 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, "Save hundreds of dollars on a custom computer desk—by building it yourself," 26 May 2018 Watching the Chiefs sag, NFL smartguys have anointed the Houston Texans as the new potential threat to the Patriots., "Watching the Chiefs sag, NFL smartguys have anointed the Houston Texans as the new potential threat to the Patriots.," 20 Oct. 2019 The indoor game is surging, even as the outdoor game sags. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Fore? Indoor golf soars, as outdoor golf struggles," 4 July 2019

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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 15 Apr. 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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