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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 President Trump is blitzing Ohio television with nearly $1 million advertising to combat sagging support that Republican insiders in the state blame on the contrast in crisis leadership voters are drawing with GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump forced to defend red-leaning Ohio," 9 June 2020 No, even if MLB had its house in order, disruption in the sports industry – namely, the double-edged sword of cord-cutting and sagging attendance – already put the game’s financial model in some peril. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Labor fights, new competition, invisible players: Why MLB may be sports' biggest loser during COVID-19 pandemic," 5 June 2020 Not only that, but a switch in philosophy paid off in the seventh game when the Celtics sagged on Abdul-Jabbar rather than trying to body him up one-on-one, and Kareem finished with only 26 points. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Next Ten: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's skyhook wins double overtime thriller in 1974 Finals," 23 May 2020 Rather than levelling up, Britain could be about to level down, as London sags. The Economist, "Peak capital London may have gone into a covid-accelerated decline," 23 May 2020 Doesn’t lose his man often but sometimes sags off just a bit too much. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Nico Mannion NBA Draft 2020 profile: Stats, bio, video of the Arizona guard," 8 May 2020 The collapse in the steel production may contribute to weaker iron ore prices as demand for the raw material input sags. Masumi Suga,, "Forecast Shows Japan’s Steel Output Collapsing 26% This Quarter," 8 May 2020 Companies trying to lure young recruits have snack pantries that would make a ’90s slacker pull up their sagging pants and tighten their fully adjustable belt. Malcolm Harris, The New Republic, "The Uneasy Promise of Life in Silicon Valley," 3 Feb. 2020 But in the video, the teenager appears to pull up sagging pants after scaling the gate and nearly falling. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Shooting an unarmed teen in the back of the head was justified, police said. Then video emerged.," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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