tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a narrow flexible strip or band: such as
3 : a string or ribbon stretched breast-high above the finish line of a race
4 : a narrow woven fabric

tape

verb
taped; taping

Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten, tie, bind, cover, or support with tape
2 : to record on tape and especially magnetic tape tape an interview

intransitive verb

: to record something on tape and especially magnetic tape

tape

adjective

Definition of tape (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : recorded on tape tape music
2 : intended for use with recording (such as magnetic) tape a tape cartridge

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Synonyms for tape

Synonyms: Noun

tape recording, vid, video, videotape

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Examples of tape in a Sentence

Noun

His eyeglasses are held together with tape. The show was recorded on tape. I was listening to a tape in the car. She stuck a tape in the VCR.

Verb

She taped a note to the refrigerator. I taped the box shut. The show is taped before a live audience.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The photo fueled speculation Friday that Cohen has secret tapes of Trump and is willing to share them. Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, "Michael Cohen's photo with Tom Arnold fuels Trump tape speculation," 22 June 2018 After adapting Jay Asher's best-selling novel of the same name for season one, the second season continued to follow the lives of the students at Liberty High, despite Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) running out of tapes. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'13 Reasons Why': 9 Burning Questions for Season 3," 10 June 2018 Season 1 was structured around a series of tapes that revealed the exact circumstances that led Hannah, already dead, to commit suicide. Laura Bradley, HWD, "13 Reasons Why: Hannah Baker Isn’t Coming Back for Season 3," 25 May 2018 The novel ends when Clay finishes the tapes and mails them the next person. refinery29.com, "This 13 Reasons Why Couple Took Everyone By Surprise In Season 2," 20 May 2018 Walls trimmed in grosgrain tape add texture, while the white chairs get a bit of a sheen from gold painted accents. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Dining Room Uses Just Two Colors to Make It Feel Dreamy," 20 Mar. 2019 This suspected thief in Abilene did the same thing and lucky for us, it was all caught on tape. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "Watch this suspected thief forget where his car is parked," 13 July 2018 Torrance and Cliff are adorable, and there's a mix tape. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Every Single Movie Reference in Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' Music Video," 30 Nov. 2018 Dutton is most likely to play defense in college, so playing in the secondary gave him plenty of tape to show college coaches. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "From cornerback to quarterback, JJ Dutton ready to lead Lyons," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To help speed up delivery, Columbia suggested a live album and sent a mobile studio to several tour venues to tape material. Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills’ Review: A Classic Album’s Untold Story," 20 Nov. 2018 The This Is Us star arrived to tape an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert wearing a bright blue floral dress from Witherspoon's Draper James collection for Eloquii, which launched in March. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Chrissy Metz Wore a $145 Draper James x Eloquii Dress—and You Can Still Shop It," 18 July 2018 Lobel plans to tape the first episode at the New England Cannabis Convention, which will be at the Hynes Convention Center on March 24 and 25. Meredith Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Bob Lobel plans to host a podcast about pot," 11 Mar. 2018 Stuff the gloves with newspaper and tape them to the arms. A.c. Shilton, Popular Mechanics, "This DIY Halloween Monster Is a Perfect Project That's Good To Make With Kids Too," 22 Oct. 2018 There's no need to staple or tape the underlayment to the subfloor. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 Kelly had also lined up a job at WLVI-TV, and he was supposed to tape his first show July 14. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Four decades have passed since five men were found dead at the Blackfriars Pub in Boston," 12 July 2018 Politico first reported the efforts made by record-keeping officials in the Trump administration to tape back together papers Trump destroyed. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "Ex-WH aide says he was tasked with taping together Trump's torn-up papers," 11 June 2018 The event will tape Saturday, July 14, at the Hollywood Palladium in Southern California. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cybill Shepherd to roast Bruce Willis," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of tape

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tape

Noun

Middle English, from Old English tæppe

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tape

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, narrow piece of material that is sticky on one side and that is used to stick things together or to cover or repair something
: a thin piece of plastic that is coated with magnetic material on which information (such as sound or television images) may be stored
: something recorded on tape

tape

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to attach (something) using sticky tape
: to fasten, tie, or cover (something) with tape
: to record (something) on magnetic tape

tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Kids Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a narrow strip of material that is sticky on one side and is used to stick one thing to another
5 : a narrow band of cloth or plastic He broke the tape and won the race.

tape

verb
taped; taping

Kids Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fasten, cover, or hold up with sticky tape
2 : to make a recording of She taped their conversation.

tape

noun
\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Medical Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow band of woven fabric especially : adhesive tape
taped; taping

Medical Definition of tape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten, tie, bind, cover, or support with tape and especially adhesive tape

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