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

Before crawling into bed each night, Clara pushes aside a pile of unwashed clothes that have gathered on the worn, sagging mattress and tucks herself in to a small corner on the edge of the bed. Sarah Fowler, The Seattle Times, "$10K donated to woman living in poverty, collapsing home," 19 Jan. 2018 The mesh product—used to treat a condition called pelvic organ prolapse, in which organs like the bladder, uterus and others sag into the vaginal area—was first cleared by the FDA for U.S. marketing in 1996. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Panel Assesses Risks of Women’s Surgical Mesh," 12 Feb. 2019 In fact, experts say a tummy tuck may be the only way to get rid of loose, sagging skin. Erin Nicole Celletti And Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Considering a Tummy Tuck? Here's What to Expect From Abdominoplasty," 7 Mar. 2019 Which is where this 30-minute procedure that tackles pigment, pores, redness, and sagging skin comes in. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Reverse Sun Damage, According to Dermatologists," 16 Jan. 2019 Bitcoin Cash is still the fourth-most valuable cryptocurrency by market capitalization, but its value relative to bitcoin has sagged, suggesting that investors who once bet on it may have shifted back to the original. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "It Was Meant to Be the Better Bitcoin. It’s Down Nearly 90%," 24 Aug. 2018 Last month American Eagle launched a new style in its Ne(X)t Level 360 collection, which is made from a stretch fabric that's meant to hug and conform to the body, with a tailored waistband that doesn't sag or gap. Glamour, "These American Eagle Jeans Solve This Annoying Denim Problem for Good," 7 Mar. 2019 The Dutch light, once dewy, now isolates her in a black world and illuminates both her beauty and her flaws: the occasional unevenness of her skin, the sagging at the corners of her mouth, a tiredness in her eyes. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 While the beauty ideal is typically to stay young forever, Arden focuses on looking, well, old, layering her makeup to resemble wrinkles, crows' feet, and sagging. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet @Olddrag, the Instagrammer Dressing Up In All Things, Well, Old," 5 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Eating well There’s no hard evidence linking diet to breast sag, says Dr. O’Hea. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "7 Things You Can and Can’t Do About Saggy Breasts," 20 Mar. 2018 Until the past few weeks, coach Kelly Graves said, UO's defensive focus would occasionally lag and its efficiency sag. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Does Oregon have Final Four potential? Opposing coaches are believers," 19 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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