\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Do not allow your head or hips to sag toward the floor at any point. Nick Tumminello, Men's Health, 18 Aug. 2022 After Wilson went to the NFL, observers wondered if BYU’s quarterback play would sag. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Aug. 2022 Loose hinges can cause the door to sag and rub on the upper part of the frame. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2022 Our recent cold front is doing its best to sag southeast of us, where most of the clouds and rain activity may focus. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 The housing market continues to sag under the weight of record-high home prices and higher mortgage rates. Anna Bahney, CNN, 9 June 2022 Most of this fuel spilled into a fire suppression line and sat there for six months, causing the line to sag. Audrey Mcavoy, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2022 Bookshelves sag beneath the weight of volumes devoted to everything from his stint as an 18-year-old ambulance driver in World War I to his last days in Ketchum, Idaho. John J. Miller, WSJ, 20 May 2022 If the ball is heavy enough, the film will sag so much that any other objects will roll inescapably down toward the heaviest one. Corinne Purtillstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Avengers 5 hits theaters on May 2nd, while Avengers 6 ends the sag on November 7th, 2025. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 Aug. 2022 Jerome Littles, 38, won’t let his T-shirts near a sag-inducing hanger. Jamie Waters, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 The roof bars tension the whole tent nicely, pulling against the stakes, so there’s no slack in the walls and no sag in the roof. Bill Gifford, Outside Online, 26 July 2022 Keep your core and glutes engaged to avoid hip sag. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, 16 May 2021 Seven days a week, the company stocks a free sag stop for cyclists on the Rose Canyon Bike Path, complete with fruit, energy bars, water, sports drinks, and Chamois Butt’r. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 Exports are weakening in Asia as China’s neighbors watch their largest market sag. Jason Douglas, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The sag in ridership illustrates the lagging return to downtown offices, particularly in older cities where railroad commuting predated the automobile. Scott Calvert, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 Forecasters were watching a cold front sag southward across the state, with rain and a few storms ahead of it. Leigh Morgan, al, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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