tag

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[ tag ]
/ tæg /

noun

verb (used with object), tagged, tag·ging.

verb (used without object), tagged, tag·ging.

to follow closely; go along or about as a follower: to tag after someone; to tag along behind someone.
to write graffiti.

Origin of tag

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1375–1425; late Middle English tagge (noun); cognate with Middle Low German, Norwegian tagge, Swedish tagg pointed protruding part; akin to tack1
Related formstag·ger, nountag·like, adjective

Definition for tag (2 of 2)

tag

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[ tag ]
/ tæg /

noun

a children's game in which one player chases the others in an effort to touch one of them, who then takes the role of pursuer.
Baseball. an act or instance of tagging a base runner.

verb (used with object), tagged, tag·ging.

to touch in or as if in the game of tag.
Baseball.
  1. to touch (a base runner) with the ball held in the hand or glove.
  2. to hit (a pitched ball) solidly.
  3. to make a number of hits or runs as specified in batting against (a pitcher): They tagged him for two hits in the first and three hits and two runs in the third.
Boxing. to strike (an opponent) with a powerful blow.

Verb Phrases

tag up, Baseball. (of a base runner) to touch the base occupied before attempting to advance a base, after the catch of a fly ball: He tagged up and scored from third on a long fly to center.

Origin of tag

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First recorded in 1730–40; perhaps special use of tag1
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British Dictionary definitions for tag (1 of 2)

tag

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/ (tæɡ) /

noun

verb tags, tagging or tagged (mainly tr)

Word Origin for tag

C15: of uncertain origin; related to Swedish tagg point, perhaps also to tack 1

British Dictionary definitions for tag (2 of 2)

tag

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/ (tæɡ) /

noun

Also called: tig a children's game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to catch one of them who will then become the chaser
the act of tagging one's partner in tag wrestling
(modifier) denoting or relating to a wrestling contest between two teams of two wrestlers, in which only one from each team may be in the ring at one time. The contestant outside the ring may change places with his team-mate inside the ring after touching his hand

verb tags, tagging or tagged (tr)

to catch (another child) in the game of tag
(in tag wrestling) to touch the hand of (one's partner)

Word Origin for tag

C18: perhaps from tag 1
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Medicine definitions for tag

tag

[ tăg ]

n.

A strip of leather, paper, metal, or plastic attached to something or hung from a wearer's neck to identify, classify, or label.
A small outgrowth or polyp.

v.

To label, identify, or recognize with or as if with a tag.
To incorporate into a compound a readily detected substance making the compound detectable so that its metabolic or chemical history may be followed.
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Science definitions for tag

tag

[ tăg ]

A sequence of characters in a markup language used to provide information, such as formatting specifications, about a document. Tags are enclosed in a pair of angle brackets that indicate to the browser how the text is to be displayed.
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