cap

1
[ kap ]
/ kæp /

noun

verb (used with object), capped, cap·ping.

verb (used without object), capped, cap·ping.

Fox Hunting. to hunt with a hunting club of which one is not a member, on payment of a capping fee.

Idioms

    cap in hand, humbly; in supplication: He went to his father cap in hand and begged his forgiveness.
    set one's cap for, to pursue as being a potential mate.

Origin of cap

1
before 1000; Middle English cappe, Old English cæppe < Late Latin cappa hooded cloak, cap; cf. cape1

Related forms

cap·less, adjective

Definition for cap (2 of 8)

cap

2
[ kap ]
/ kæp /

noun

a capital letter.
Usually caps. uppercase: Please set the underlined in caps.

verb (used with object), capped, cap·ping.

to write or print in capital letters, or make an initial letter a capital; capitalize.

Origin of cap

2
First recorded in 1895–1900; by shortening

Definition for cap (3 of 8)

cap

3
[ kap ]
/ kæp /

noun Slang.

a capsule, especially of a narcotic drug.

Origin of cap

3
by shortening of capsule

Definition for cap (4 of 8)

CAP

Common Agricultural Policy: a coordinated system established in 1960 by the European Economic Community for stabilizing prices of farm products of its member countries.
computer-aided publishing.
Stock Exchange. convertible adjustable preferred (stock).

Also C.A.P. (for defs 1, 2, 4).

Definition for cap (5 of 8)

cap.

1

(in prescriptions) let the patient take.

Origin of cap.

1
From the Latin word capiat

Definition for cap (6 of 8)

Origin of cap.

2
From the Latin word capitulum, caput

Definition for cap (7 of 8)

cap.

3

capitalized.
capital letter.

Definition for cap (8 of 8)

Weinberger

[ wahyn-bur-ger ]
/ ˈwaɪn bɜr gər /

noun

Caspar W(illard)Cap, 1917–2006, U.S. government official: Secretary of Defense 1981–87.
Ja·ro·mir [yahr-uh-meer] /ˈyɑr əˌmɪər/, 1896–1967, Czech composer, in the U.S.

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British Dictionary definitions for cap (1 of 3)

cap

/ (kæp) /

noun


verb caps, capping or capped (tr)

Derived Forms

capper, noun

Word Origin for cap

Old English cæppe, from Late Latin cappa hood, perhaps from Latin caput head

British Dictionary definitions for cap (2 of 3)

CAP

abbreviation for

Common Agricultural Policy: (in the EU) the system for supporting farm incomes by maintaining agricultural prices at agreed levels

British Dictionary definitions for cap (3 of 3)

cap.

abbreviation for

capital
capitalize
capitalization
capital letter

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Medicine definitions for cap (1 of 2)

cap

[ kăp ]

n.

A protective cover or seal, especially one that closes off an end or a tip and that resembles a close-fitting head covering.

Medicine definitions for cap (2 of 2)

CAP

abbr.

catabolite gene activator protein

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Idioms and Phrases with cap

cap

In addition to the idioms beginning with cap

  • cap and gown
  • cap in hand
  • cap it all

also see:

  • feather in one's cap
  • hat (cap) in hand
  • if the shoe (cap) fits, wear it
  • put on one's thinking cap
  • set one's cap for

Also see underhat.


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