sag

verb
\ 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

sag

noun

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)

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 The Kentucky Retirement Systems had been racking up unfunded liabilities since the Paul Patton administration, as legislatures and governors have slashed contributions to the plans to deal with budget cuts brought about by a sagging economy. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell, Muhammad Ali's death and gay marriage are the top stories of the decade," 31 Dec. 2019 Defenses sagged off Al-Farouq Aminu, Maurice Harkless and Zach Collins last season with little retribution. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Which NBA Stars Could Still be Dealt Following a Seismic Summer?," 15 July 2019 Phones have gotten more complicated over the years even as their popularity has sagged. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Do hotel rooms need landlines?," 22 Mar. 2018 But the bulge, with enough water to fill a Jacuzzi, was sagging directly above the campfire. National Geographic, "This Vietnamese national park is a spice lover’s dream," 18 Jan. 2020 But even Transformers eventually sagged, just as Hasbro moved to fashion it into a cinematic universe. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Hasbro’s Toy Box Is Bigger Than Ever With $3.8 Billion Entertainment One Takeover," 30 Dec. 2019 Those of us who thought the NBA might see a Christmas Day upturn in its sagging ratings shot an airball with that theory: Year-over-year ratings for the four Christmas Day games on ESPN and ABCwere down 10 percent. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics’ victory over the Raptors in Toronto.," 28 Dec. 2019 And Amazon’s stock was sagging as the president of the United States regularly attacked the company. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Big Tech Is Under Attack, and Investors Couldn’t Care Less," 10 Dec. 2019 The President’s approval ratings had sagged to about twenty-five per cent, and a majority of Americans supported impeachment. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "Republicans Defending Trump on Impeachment Should Fear the Judgment of History," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watching the Chiefs sag, NFL smartguys have anointed the Houston Texans as the new potential threat to the Patriots. BostonGlobe.com, "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 An energy sag might not surprise anyone who has been around you this week. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 21 June 2019 Most of the first half, Harden worked his way around screens, watched the Hawks sag in to help in the paint and then picked out 3-point shooters. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets fly past Hawks for win No. 60 of season," 25 Mar. 2018 This sag causes audio to break up, a trademark of the tube-amp sound. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "What a Fender Amp Looks Like When You Tear It Apart," 24 Mar. 2015 Despite a melodic, eclectic score, the almost three-hour-long show, with its episodic storytelling and flashbacks, sags in spots. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's Ragtime thrills," 17 June 2018 At their current running times, though, the series lags and sags in a way that will leave viewers bored stiff. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s mediocre Lost in Space remake, explained in one episode," 13 Apr. 2018 These problems all emerged when the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, initiated a ceiling sag stabilization project in 2015. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "A Glass House renovation," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sag

Verb

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

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sag

Verb

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

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The first known use of sag was in the 14th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sag. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for sag

sag

verb
How to pronounce SAG (audio)

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

sag

verb
\ 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.

sag

noun

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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