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

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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 Needs to add weight but 2019 tape and numbers are sensational. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "NFL Draft 2021: Who are the best available players in the top 300 heading to Day 3?," 1 May 2021 The active construction zone where the sand is being placed will be marked off each day with cones, tape and barricades. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Burning Man, motel vaccinations, eviction law help: News from around our 50 states," 28 Apr. 2021 Monday night was Pride Night at the American Airlines Center, as the Stars wore Pride tape and jerseys during warmup. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars are noticing more confidence from forward Denis Gurianov," 27 Apr. 2021 Video of the aftermath of the shooting showed police cars and ambulances parked in front of the store, officers carrying long guns and yellow crime scene tape draped across the entrance. BostonGlobe.com, "One killed, two wounded in shooting at Long Island grocery store, police say," 20 Apr. 2021 As recent history has shown, even when the police are captured on tape committing murder and the plain evidence of their crimes is available to all, scores will choose to doubt their own senses. Colin Asher, The New Republic, "When Richard Wright Broke With the Communists," 19 Apr. 2021 Hopefully, Hilton’s openness about the enduring impact the release of this tape and the public’s response to it had on her will help keep the same thing from happening again. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "In 2004, Paris Hilton Was A Victim Of Revenge Porn. She’s Still Dealing With The Trauma," 19 Apr. 2021 Authorities noticed black tape and dark wrapping around a large organic mass after the second scan. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Houston police say crystal meth found in breakfast burrito," 19 Apr. 2021 Video from the scene showed a parking lot outside the FedEx facility closed off with police tape and multiple ambulances and police cruisers on the scene. Washington Post, "Police reportedly respond to shooting with multiple victims at Indianapolis FedEx facility," 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Around them, several more officers tape off the area as family and neighbors cry. Washington Post, "Police identify officer who fatally shot Black Columbus teen as community questions use of lethal force," 21 Apr. 2021 In an attempt to target young people, Fauci will tape short videos to run on Snapchat. Arlette Saenz, CNN, "White House to promote vaccine eligibility with media blitz," 18 Apr. 2021 According to the 2005 Journal article, Rudin reportedly forced the assistant to tape the sign above his work space. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, "21 Notorious Scott Rudin Stories," 14 Apr. 2021 Don’t try to tape broken handles; buy replacement handles from a good hardware store. BostonGlobe.com, "Ask the Gardener: How to care for rusty tools," 11 Apr. 2021 The program will tape in front of a live audience at Fox News studios in midtown Manhattan once COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols have been lifted. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Greg Gutfeld goes after late night laughs for Fox News," 5 Apr. 2021 Forsen, with whom Fulton had collaborated on four previous films, was asked to tape the recording sessions. New York Times, "From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges," 26 Feb. 2021 This time, the reason for two seasons is simple — producers liked both Katie and Michelle to lead, but Michelle would have hard a time leaving her teaching job to tape March through May, as the Bachelor spin-off generally does. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "What To Expect From The Next Bachelorette Season — & The One After That," 15 Mar. 2021 There are a lot of structural elements to keep track of, and to her credit, Mbue does more than just duct-tape them together. New York Times, "Imbolo Mbue’s ‘How Beautiful We Were’ Exposes the Human Cost of Capital," 8 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of tape was before the 12th century

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5 May 2021

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“Tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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