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

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 Not just because of the infamous tape, though that’s part of the story. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 Look at the tape now from 2020, Mayfield is not the same decisive QB. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 2 Jan. 2022 During stinging cross examination, Wise tried to show that Treem’s account of the meeting doesn’t match what was caught during the tape. John Holland, baltimoresun.com, 20 Dec. 2021 But Paul dismissed the idea that studying the tape will help Woodley make all of the necessary corrections. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2021 What’s your favorite memory from doing the Coke Wave tape with Max?Being in love with music and loving the process. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 9 Dec. 2021 There's still glue from the tape from the microphones. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 7 Dec. 2021 What a finish for the Aggies, who sprinted past the frontrunners at the tape to win it all. Greg Beacham, ajc, 4 Dec. 2021 The tape contained a surreptitious recording of a phone call with Deon Thomas, the top recruit out of Chicago and Howard’s good friend, allegedly admitting Illinois offered him $80,000 cash plus a Chevy Blazer as a recruiting enticement. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thompson hinted there are signs that the ex-President tried to tape several previous messages but his words did not apparently sufficiently meet the moment and were not released by the White House. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 The peppers whirl around their heads until the astronauts catch them and tape them against a board to photograph. Melanie Canales, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 Among the roughly two dozen invitees were Maasbach, Jonathan and Alexander Chu, and Jan Lee, who decided to tape the meeting. Esther Wang, Curbed, 17 Dec. 2021 According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Rittenhouse was in Florida to tape an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has a residence in Boca Grande, near the Placida, Fla., restaurant where Rittenhouse was photographed. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Nov. 2021 Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison, ex-hosts of Hallmark’s Home & Family talk show, were recruited to tape a special previewing the new movies. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 19 Nov. 2021 Tolbert was told to report to South Alabama’s indoor practice facility to tape a short video to air on Senior Day Nov. 26. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 18 Nov. 2021 Nantucket’s team trainer offered to tape opponents’ ankles, and there was a stack of pizzas ready to go for Monument Mountain’s return trip. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Nov. 2021 That may be one reason Jeff Foxworthy chose the same venue to tape his own special for the streaming giant. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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

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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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“Tape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tape. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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

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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