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)

Screen Actors Guild

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Synonyms for sag

Synonyms: Verb

droop, flag, hang, loll, swag, wilt

Synonyms: Noun

droop, hang, slack, slackness

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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 creative team also managed to turn the somewhat byzantine facts of the case into a coherent, lively tale that rarely sags. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Review: History Theatre’s ‘Glensheen’ is as funny and fascinating as ever," 8 July 2019 In the first episode, fans got an inside look into the star’s Hollywood home and watched as his mom, actress Pamela Anderson, saged his house and judged his snacks — as any mother would do. Teen Vogue, ""The Hills: New Beginnings" Star Brandon Thomas Lee on Being a Gemini and Having a "Drawer Full" of Spencer Pratt's Crystals," 8 July 2019 The liquid was later revealed to be cognac, which seemed to revitalize Lenglen when her play sagged. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "The Incomparable Life and Mysterious Death of Suzanne Lenglen," 27 June 2019 Amazon’s Hanna, based on a movie that told almost the exact same story in two hours, sagged more heavily in the middle than an overloaded washing line. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The TV Is Too Damn Long," 9 June 2019 When the Brewers decided to boost an offense that sagged badly in the second half of 2017 by adding outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich over the off-season, run-scoring figured to be much improved. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Pitching carried Brewers in April but schedule gets more difficult in May," 4 May 2018 This time shooting guard Tyler Johnson sagged off Wade in the corner, trying to help rookie Bam Adebayo. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers finding new ways to use Channing Frye, asking him to fill Kevin Love's inside-outside role," 1 Feb. 2018 China’s key manufacturing sector contracted in December, ending about two years of expansion, with official and private gauges slipping amid sagging demand. Wsj Graphics, WSJ, "Apple Warning: Seven Charts That Show the Pressure on China’s Consumers," 2 Jan. 2019 Cons: Quickley would be the best 3-point shooter in this lineup as well, leading to some of the same concerns about floor spacing and opponents sagging off multiple perimeter players. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Who should start for Kentucky? A look at four possible 2018-19 lineups," 25 June 2018

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. 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 But her weight loss left her with sags of frustrating excess skin. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "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

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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sag

verb

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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