sag

verb
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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

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)
\ ˈsag How to pronounce SAG (audio) \

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 Over time, the skin on the middle of our faces shifts down too, causing our cheeks to sag a bit, explains Mary Stevenson, M.D., dermatologist at NYU Langone Health. Annie Tomlin, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Trying Dermal Fillers," 25 Dec. 2020 According to Emily Lau, founder of The Little Bra Company, even the tiniest amount of breast tissue will eventually stretch and sag, and a well-fitting bra can help prevent that. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, "21 Best Bras for Small Busts, According to Lingerie Experts," 22 Dec. 2020 Be aware, however, that wider belts are less likely to twist and sag. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Consider When Buying A Tactical Belt," 11 Nov. 2020 Or the year the dining room table, extended with all its leaves, started to sag in the middle and my brother dove underneath to support it while yelling for C-clamps. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Thanksgivings past are this year’s repast," 9 Nov. 2020 Or the year the dining room table, extended with all its leaves, started to sag in the middle and my brother dove underneath to support it while yelling for C-clamps. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Thanksgivings past are this year’s repast," 9 Nov. 2020 This breakdown causes the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Treating Wrinkles," 5 Nov. 2020 The weather service says a modest atmospheric river will sag into the metro area from the north and bring more than an inch of rain to the Oregon coast and 0.25 to 0.50 inches to Portland and surrounding cities. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Spotty showers, oddly warm temps; high 66," 4 Nov. 2020 Roberts and Bethley, tenant and landlord, personified the tensions at play as unemployment payments sag and the brutal economic consequences of the pandemic drag on. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "'Fed up': Inside the emotional hearings in New Orleans during the latest eviction moratorium," 2 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Quarterback play followed the same soar-sag script, with Jake Bentley comfortable as a QB could be, throwing and running for touchdowns in that first half and, then, In the second, seizing up, unable to move the attack. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Utah football is on a wobbly descent, suffering before it can ascend to something better in the days ahead," 29 Nov. 2020 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). BostonGlobe.com, "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. BostonGlobe.com, "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. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 21 June 2019

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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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The first known use of sag was in the 14th century

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29 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sag. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for sag

sag

verb
How to pronounce SAG (audio)

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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