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

Purchase moving supplies including boxes, packing material, tape, labels, and box cutters. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 Williams broke for a 4-2 lead in the second when Goerges tried a rare drop shot that caught the top of the net tape and fell on her side. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final," 12 July 2018 The Wildcats may have changed head coaches this offseason, with Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin replacing Rich Rodriguez, and defensive coordinators around the Pac-12 have plenty of tape on Tate now. Chris Johnson And Eric Single, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2018: Nos. 10–1," 21 June 2018 Don't underestimate small details Even the type of tape Sherman Samuel recommended for Brenner's evolving collage stands out. Jessica Ritz, latimes.com, "A DTLA jewelry designer's studio and showroom get a shining makeover," 26 May 2018 If the truth of the Access Hollywood tape couldn’t bring him down, why would Hollywood’s satiric fictions be able to? Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018 The father of a 16-year-old student in Chicago is suing the city’s schools, police department, and two officers on his daughter’s behalf following a violent altercation caught on tape. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Police Are Facing a Lawsuit After Video Showed Officers Beating 16-Year-Old Dnigma Howard," 12 Apr. 2019 Still, having Google's most senior executives on tape openly decrying the election of President Trump will inevitably fuel conservative suspicions of the technology giant. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Leaked 2016 video will fuel conservative worries about Google bias," 13 Sep. 2018 The election of a president who had been, among other things, caught on tape making gleefully misogynistic remarks inspired a credible panic in some women and others who feared their civil rights might soon be further jeopardized. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Is Brutal and Not Much Else," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the video posted by makeup artist Merrell Hollis, the 54-year-old host is seen getting ready to tape the episode, casually flaunting a diamond floral ring on her right hand. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Wendy Williams Fans Think She Shaded Husband Kevin Hunter in Cryptic Instagram Post," 12 Apr. 2019 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

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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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