sag

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verb

sagged; sagging

intransitive verb

1
: to droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness
2
a
: 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

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noun

1
: a tendency to drift (as of a ship to leeward)
2
a
: 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)

SAG

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abbreviation

Screen Actors Guild

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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Verb
State of play: Global venture investment in transportation sagged 22% through the first half of 2024 from the same period last year, per research firm Sightline Climate. Alan Neuhauser, Axios, 11 July 2024 Today, with a sagging watch market devoid of pandemic collectors, the prices for Royal Oaks are coming down significantly, especially for classic references—and especially the 39 mm reference 5402. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 28 June 2024
Noun
Skilled trades on the rise as college enrollment sags. Hartford Courant, 12 June 2024 Related Articles Harford schools budget passes with reduction of staff Annapolis Juneteenth to celebrate music heritage of Carr’s Beach Bel Air land purchased by Harford County for new elementary school Skilled trades on the rise as college enrollment sags. Lilly Price, Baltimore Sun, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sag 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Sag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sag. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sag

1 of 2 verb
sagged; sagging
1
: to droop or sink below the normal or right level
2
: to become less firm or strong
saggy
ˈsag-ē
adjective

sag

2 of 2 noun
1
: a sagging part or area
the sag in a rope
2
: an instance or amount of sagging

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