\ 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


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



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

Synonyms for tape

Synonyms: Noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The California native became an overnight sensation at Orange Lutheran High School after Ballislife made a highlight tape of him, which includes an incredible alley-oop dunk. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2022 Someone should have watched more tape of Bivol, starting with Álvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 The Heat have been in attendance throughout 76ers-Raptors, as well as breaking down tape of both teams back at FTX Arena. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 At times, as if there was no tape, prosecution and defense witnesses gave their accounts of what happened that night — versions that invariably differed from what was seen in black-and-white. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 This kit packs all the essentials that most hikers forget—zip ties, a sewing kit, trail marking tape, and more—into a single waterproof tin. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 28 Apr. 2022 The 2007 tape, filmed when Kardashian and Ray J were dating at the time, gave rise to what would become her family's E! Lisa Respers France, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Pen-and-ink drawings, pieces of tape, tiny doodles, massive watercolors, and film photography populate the pages of Marni creative director Francesco Risso’s issue of A Magazine Curated by. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 The three-hour show will take up all three hours of CBS’ prime time tonight starting live at 8 p.m. ET, tape-delayed for the west coast at 5 p.m. PT. Chris Willman, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Items like phones are wiped down and tape on the floor takes dust off shoes. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 For example, Allen could be seen reacting to a very Katy Perry moment: The judge split her leather pants while singing and called for a crew member to tape her up. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 29 Mar. 2022 The plan was to tape the turkey on the front door of the recipient's house, ring the doorbell and run away before they were seen, according to the affidavit. Paul P. Murphy And Emma Tucker, CNN, 24 Dec. 2021 Zalatoris will return to Mariners Point on Monday to tape a PGA Entertainment story on his golf roots. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 To make, tie a rubber band around the center of a candy bag to shape it into a bow tie, then tape a drawing of a bow tie to the front. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 21 Apr. 2022 Slip a plastic bag over the hardware, then tape the edges. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 Other names will be announced closer to the show date, including a handful of performers who will pre-tape their performances prior to the Pantages filming. Chris Willman, Variety, 24 Mar. 2022 Unscrew the decorative plate and slide it down the chain, then wrap and tape all components with a plastic bag. Allison Duncan, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Artisan guilds and filmmakers balked at the academy’s decision to pre-tape eight award categories, including original score and film editing, to limit the run time to three hours. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Ted DiBiase cut an amazing pre-tape promo before this match about the importance of the Million-Dollar Championship. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 18 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tape


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


1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tape


Middle English, from Old English tæppe

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17 May 2022

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“Tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ 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.


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.


\ ˈtāp How to pronounce tape (audio) \

Medical Definition of tape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a narrow band of woven fabric especially : adhesive tape


transitive verb
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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