tag

1 of 5

noun (1)

plural tags
1
: a loose hanging piece of cloth : tatter
2
: a metal or plastic binding on an end of a shoelace
3
: a piece of hanging or attached material
specifically : a loop, knot, or tassel on a garment
4
a
: a brief quotation used for rhetorical emphasis or sententious effect
b
: a recurrent or characteristic verbal expression
5
a
: a cardboard, plastic, or metal marker used for identification or classification
license tags
b
: a descriptive or identifying epithet
c
: something used for identification or location : flag
e
f
: an element of code in a computer document used especially to control format and layout or to establish a hyperlink
g
: hashtag
… nuns shared their daily lives on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with the tag #MediaNuns …Elizabeth Bruenig
h
: a string of text (such as the symbol @ followed by a person's username) that is used to tag a person or account in a social media post
While it's impossible to prohibit a friend from tagging you, Facebook allows you to review all tags before they appear on your profile.Lara Webster
6
: a detached fragmentary piece : bit
7
: a graffito in the form of an identifying name or symbol

tag

2 of 5

verb (1)

tagged; tagging; tags

transitive verb

1
: to provide or mark with or as if with a tag: such as
a
: to supply with an identifying marker or price
was tagged at $4.95
b
: to provide with a name or epithet : label, brand
tagged him a has-been
c
: to put a ticket on (a motor vehicle) for a traffic violation
d
: to deface with a graffito usually in the form of the defacer's nickname
e
: to supply (something, such as a social media post) with a hashtag
Don't forget to submit your photos of Montreal via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #ThisMtl.Montreal Gazette
f
: to mention (another person or account) in a social media post in a way that causes the person or account to be notified of the post
On Facebook, if someone wants to get your attention or make it clear to others that you are somehow connected to a post, they can tag you in it. Your name will be mentioned in the post or with the photo, and everyone else who sees it will also know that you are mentioned.Dave Johnson
Knowing how to tag someone on Facebook means also knowing how to tag someone on Twitter and Instagram. Simply use the @ symbol to start a tag.ThriveHive.com
My friends went back and tagged me in all the photos I'd missed …Rachel Kraus
Instagram allows users to reshare posts they've been tagged in to their own Story.Devon Delfino
2
: to attach as an addition : append
3
: to follow closely and persistently
4
: to hold to account
especially : to charge with violating the law
was tagged for … assault Burt Woolis
5

intransitive verb

: to keep close
tagging at their heelsCorey Ford

tag

3 of 5

noun (2)

1
: a game in which the player who is it chases others and tries to touch one of them who then becomes it
2
: an act or instance of tagging a runner in baseball

tag

4 of 5

verb (2)

tagged; tagging

transitive verb

1
a
: to touch in or as if in a game of tag
b
: to put out (a runner) in baseball by a touch with the ball or the gloved hand containing the ball
2
: to hit solidly
3
: to choose usually for a special purpose : select
4
: to make a hit or run off (a pitcher) in baseball
the batter tagged him for a home run

TAG

5 of 5

abbreviation

the adjutant general

Examples of tag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Police wrote Jordan was apprehended driving a 2009 black Ford Escape with temporary tags. Andi Babineau, CNN, 23 Feb. 2024 This means only a certain number of tags are allocated for specific areas. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, 22 Feb. 2024 Subscribe to the Daily Briefing today – Today's Top Stories • Will the Bengals place franchise tag on Tee Higgins? The Enquirer, 20 Feb. 2024 They are known only by their mothers’ names, taken from tags affixed to their ankles at birth. Heba Farouk Mahfouz, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The franchise tag could be in play, if only as a temporary means of protection. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 Upload a photo of you and your partner kissing beneath the Married in Las Vegas sign, and tag @littlechapel on Instagram! Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 There were a few blind tags, which all led to great spots, including the finish. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 9 Feb. 2024 The state’s 117 license plate agencies offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024
Verb
The post is tagged at Geoffrey’s restaurant in Malibu, where the couple ate a surf and turf meal before the proposal. Makena Gera, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 Her dog, a West Highland white terrier named Luke, always tagged alongside her. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2024 De La Cruz also did his part defensively in left field, making a sliding grab in the bottom of the second inning on a Willson Contreras line drive and starting a relay throw later in the inning that resulted in Alec Burleson being tagged out at home. Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald, 24 Feb. 2024 The benefit of real-time location systems is in their accuracy: Within a network of electronic anchors and gateways, individuals and assets are tagged to pinpoint their exact coordinates. Ozgur Ulku, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 The posts aren't tagged as a paid partnership, so…what gives? Kardashian and Balenciaga go way back. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 20 Feb. 2024 Many of the few eagles who reside here are tagged, but this one was not, and the tail was streaked with black, not yet pure white, suggesting an immature age of 4 to 5 years. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 Releases will be tagged Free Flight/Sony Music Entertainment, not Free Flight/Sony Music Nashville, to reinforce that Free Flight is not a country label. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 16 Feb. 2024 One of those papers, published in 2012, was formally tagged with corrections. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English tagge; akin to Middle Low German tagge, tacke twig, spike

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1627, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tag was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near tag

Cite this Entry

“Tag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tag. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

tag

1 of 4 noun
1
: a loose hanging piece of cloth : tatter
2
: a metal or plastic binding on an end of a shoelace
3
4
a
: something (as a marker) used for identification
specifically : hangtag
b
: a part of a computer file that controls the format or layout of a document or that indicates a hyperlink (as "〈it〉" to indicate italic type)

tag

2 of 4 verb
tagged; tagging
1
: to provide or mark with or as if with a tag
2
: to follow closely and continuously
3

tag

3 of 4 noun
1
: a game in which one player who is it chases the others and tries to touch one of them to make that person it
2
: an act or instance of tagging a runner in baseball

tag

4 of 4 verb
tagged; tagging
1
: to touch in a game of tag
2
: to put out (a runner) in baseball by touching with the ball or with the gloved hand holding the ball
Etymology

Noun

Middle English tagge "a hanging piece of loose cloth"; of Germanic origin

Noun

origin unknown

Medical Definition

tag

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a shred of flesh or muscle
b
: a small abnormal projecting piece of tissue especially when potentially or actually neoplastic in character
2
: label

tag

2 of 2 transitive verb
tagged; tagging
: label
tagged antibodies

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