[ teyp ]
/ teɪp /


verb (used with object), taped, tap·ing.

verb (used without object), taped, tap·ing.

to record something on magnetic tape.

Nearby words

  1. tapadera,
  2. tapadero,
  3. tapajós,
  4. tapas,
  5. tapazole,
  6. tape deck,
  7. tape drive,
  8. tape echo,
  9. tape editing,
  10. tape grass

Origin of tape

before 1000; Middle English; unexplained variant of tappe, Old English tæppe strip (of cloth), literally, part torn off; akin to Middle Low German teppen to tear, pluck

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for retape


/ (teɪp) /


verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formstapelike, adjectivetaper, noun

Word Origin for tape

Old English tæppe; related to Old Frisian tapia to pull, Middle Dutch tapen to tear

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Word Origin and History for retape
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Idioms and Phrases with retape


see red tape.

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