Definition of tape in English:

tape

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noun

  • 1A narrow strip of material, as used to hold or fasten something.

    ‘a reel of tape’
    • ‘a dirty apron fastened with thin tapes’
    band, strip, strap, belt, binding, string, ribbon, stripe, braid
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    1. 1.1A strip of paper or plastic coated with adhesive and sold in a roll, used to stick things together.
      • ‘secure the bandage with tape’
      adhesive tape, sticky tape, insulating tape, masking tape, parcel tape
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    2. 1.2A strip of material stretched across the finishing line of a race, to be broken or dislodged by the winner.
      finishing line, finishing post, tape, end point
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    3. 1.3A strip of material used to mark off an area or form a notional barrier.
    4. 1.4A tape measure.
  • 2often with modifier Long, narrow flexible material with magnetic properties, used for recording sound, pictures, or computer data.

    • ‘they put four songs on tape’
    1. 2.1A cassette or reel containing magnetic tape for recording.
      • ‘he inserted a tape in the recorder’
      recording, cassette, tape recording
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    2. 2.2A recording on a cassette or reel.
      • ‘a tape of a radio talk’

Pronunciation

tape

/tāp/ /teɪp/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Record (sound or pictures) on audio tape or videotape or by digital means.

    ‘it is not known who taped the conversation’
    • ‘taped music’
    • ‘Also taken was a DVD recorder, which tapes the ultra sound scan.’
    • ‘There's a half decent line up on the TV tomorrow night, with so much on we're going to have to dust the cobwebs off the video recorder to tape Doctor Who.’
    • ‘We went out to dine last night, so I set the video to tape Maria Callas: Living and Dying for Art and Love.’
    • ‘Get one person with a video camera and tape yourselves skating, don't drop the camera though!’
    • ‘We do this everyday, when, for example, we copy files in a computer or we tape a conversation.’
    • ‘Will the movies stick around forever on the box, or can I tape them legally to a VCR or recordable DVD?’
    • ‘Those receiving the call are played a short message informing them that their conversation is being taped.’
    • ‘I also learned it doesn't pay to tape over old videos.’
    • ‘Enron traders taped all their business conversations to keep a record of daily transactions.’
    • ‘Last chance to see before he decamps to New York; this show is being taped for a Christmas DVD.’
    • ‘One tape had been taped over prior to being requested for by the FBI.’
    • ‘The suggestion has been made that it may have been the right tape but had been taped over.’
    • ‘Use a video recorder to tape programs or show rented movies.’
    • ‘Tavernas were full to bursting and taped or real Greek Music added its own charm to the scene.’
    • ‘To prove it he told me he had taped all these conversations and promised to send them to me.’
    • ‘Only then did I realize that the cameras were taping her, and then they started taping me.’
    • ‘He demands quiet in the house while he tapes all his LPs with his new tape recorder.’
    • ‘But again, they weren't seeking to tape or intercept a conversation from you or from him specifically.’
    • ‘Thirteen episodes have been taped so far, and the ratings bode well for a second season.’
    • ‘Secondly, I'm sorry that I took notes on the fly this week, rather than tape it all and watch it in one hit while typing.’
    record, make a recording of, tape-record, video-record, video, put on cassette, put on tape, put on video
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  • 2Fasten or attach (something) with adhesive tape.

    ‘large sheets of paper are taped to the walls’
    • ‘Hurrying back inside, he wrote his phone number on a sticky note and taped it to the fridge.’
    • ‘We are waiting for the guys to come and finish off the room: taping the joints and sealing the plasterboard.’
    • ‘When we were first married, I would tape them to the fridge door on scraps torn out of a spiral bound notebook.’
    • ‘I took the note and taped it on my mirror to read every day because it was from my grandfather.’
    • ‘If I wanted, I could write my name and phone number on a piece of paper and tape the paper to the inside cover, but this seems too much.’
    • ‘When you have the gift wrap it up and tape the note from the tree on it and leave it back in the Church under the tree.’
    • ‘Five minutes later she is kneeling in front of him, taping a gauze pad over his elbow, when a note whisks under the door.’
    • ‘A single daisy was taped to my locker with a yellow note tied to it by some white ribbon.’
    • ‘He scribbled a quick note to Noah adding a thank you to Dinah and taped it to the door.’
    • ‘Half an hour later we were taping pictures, leaving room for the essay we were suppose to write, on our project board.’
    • ‘We found him taping pictures to every classroom door on the first floor.’
    • ‘She takes a photograph of him from an envelope in her purse, and I tape the picture next to the others on the wall, in history.’
    • ‘Since he didn't own a scanner, he'd tape photographs on the wall and use his Sony video camera to take snapshots of them.’
    • ‘She puts her bag down in its old place at the foot of her old bunk, and looks thoughtfully at a series of pictures taped to the head of her bunk.’
    • ‘I walked over to her desk to look at the pictures she had taped above it of her while she closed the door again and went back over to sit on the bed.’
    • ‘I walked up to my door and saw all of my anime pictures that I had taped to it.’
    • ‘A roadie ran on with another mic so then I was holding two mics taped together and I wasn't really sure which one to sing into.’
    • ‘He got his parents to tape him in, you know that gaffer tape they use, that thick tape, to tape him onto the bike, because his balance was still a bit wobbly.’
    • ‘He glanced down at the picture of him and Joey that was taped to the dashboard.’
    • ‘One of her hand reached the bottom of the flowerpot and felt something was taped to the bottom.’
    bind, tie, strap, fasten, stick, seal, secure, fix, join, attach, tether
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    1. 2.1tape something offSeal or mark off an area or thing with tape.
      ‘they taped off an area around the scene of the explosion’
      • ‘I went out later and saw that the area had been taped off by police.’
      • ‘Police taped the road off while a forensic team was brought in and a cordon remained in place until Friday morning.’
      • ‘Unplug the drier, open up the console area, disconnect the wires to the buzzer, and tape them off.’
      • ‘The car park's entrance and exit roads were taped off, with motorists who wanted to use it being asked to go elsewhere.’
      • ‘The streets were taped off and put under police guard, and white-suited forensic experts moved in.’
      • ‘Yesterday, the house was taped off as forensic officers carried out a fingertip search.’
      • ‘There's that obnoxious colored yellow tape around their backyard, all over, taping it off.’
      • ‘He got home however and was very curious why his house was taped off by police, three cars were there and he sprinted down his street.’
      • ‘The parking lot around the building was taped off.’
      • ‘What saddens me, is that half the arena is taped off, all on the side you don't see on TV.’
      cordon, seal, close, shut, mark, fence
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Pronunciation

tape

/tāp/ /teɪp/

Origin

Old English tæppa, tæppe; perhaps related to Middle Low German teppen ‘pluck, tear’.