\ 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)

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 Pale, thin, sharply salty, with a crunch-to-sag half-life of about 30 seconds. Mike Sutter,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Whataburger," 25 Oct. 2019 Superkhana International eschews staples such as chicken tikka, biryani and sag paneer. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "tl;dr: hazy IPAs, marathon madness and cops get caught parking illegally," 10 Oct. 2019 There were small houses—possibly the homes of former laborers at the defunct talc mine nearby—but no sign of life, except for the crows pecking along the street and around the trunk of a sagging linden. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, "Wide Spot," 16 Sep. 2019 And the strategy left her with one less opportunity to turn around her campaign’s sagging momentum. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris turned her fire on Trump in the debate, but skimped on policy," 12 Sep. 2019 The Washington Post published an article Tuesday on Snyder and his largely unsuccessful (a 139-180-1 record, no playoff wins since 2006, sagging attendance, a carousel of starting quarterbacks) 20 years with the Redskins. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Redskins owner Dan Snyder depicted as a Jerry Jones wannabe by a former NFL executive," 3 Sep. 2019 She is set to take the reins as the ECB faces critical decisions in the coming months over how to support the eurozone’s sagging economy. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Lagarde’s First Job as ECB Boss: Sway Germany," 4 July 2019 Jones continued as a dominant runner in New York while Benson — and the rest of the offense — sagged in 2007. Brad Biggs,, "Cedric Benson, the Bears’ top pick in the 2005 draft, killed in a motorcycle crash," 17 Aug. 2019 As Facebook has sagged in popularity with younger consumers, both Instagram and WhatsApp have soared. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Instagram and WhatsApp will add ‘from Facebook’ to their names," 2 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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., "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,, "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 But her weight loss left her with sags of frustrating excess skin. Julie Mazziotta,, "Woman Struggling with 'Tumors' of Excess Skin After Losing 200 Lbs.: 'I Beat Myself Up Over It'," 14 Mar. 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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