I UK [kæp] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "cap":
singular cap plural caps
1) a soft hat with a stiff part called a peak that comes out over your eyes

a baseball cap

an elderly man in a peaked cap

a) a soft hat that people wear as part of a uniform

a nurse's/chauffeur's/sailor's cap

a school cap

b) a soft hat that you wear to protect or cover your hair

a swimming/bathing/shower cap

2) a lid or part that fits over the top of something

Meg screwed the cap back on the bottle.

3) a limit on the amount of money that you can spend or charge

Airlines began to impose a $50 cap on commissions for domestic flights.

The government introduced new spending caps for local authorities.

a) literary the top part of a mountain

the hills with their snowy caps

b) the top part of a wave
5) a hard cover fixed to a tooth to protect it or replace part of it
a) British if a football, rugby, or cricket player wins a cap, they play for their country in an international match
win/receive/get a cap:

He won seventeen caps for England in the 1990s.

b) a player who has played for their country's team

Barber is joined in the midfield by the England cap Nick Pickering.

7) cap or Dutch cap
British a rubber object that a woman puts inside her vagina so that she can have sex without getting pregnant
8) a small amount of explosive that is used to make a loud noise in a toy gun called a cap gun

if the cap fits (wear it)British

mainly spoken used for saying that if someone thinks that a general criticism you have made is true about them, they should accept the criticism

"He as good as called me a slob!" "Well, if the cap fits..."


II UK [kæp] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "cap":
present tense I/you/we/they cap he/she/it caps present participle capping past tense capped past participle capped
1) to set a limit on the amount of money that someone can spend or charge

The Department of the Environment is capping local authorities' spending.

The interest rate has been capped at 7.5 per cent.

2) British to give a player a place in a country's team for an international match in football, rugby, or cricket

Rix was capped for England 17 times.

He has now become Brazil's most capped goalkeeper.

a) to say or do something that is better, funnier, cleverer etc than something good, funny, clever etc that someone has just said or done

Every time I made a joke, Kim tried to cap it.

b) mainly journalism to be a very good or very important event that happens at the end of a series of events

His victory in the world championship capped a brilliant week's skiing.

The festivities were capped by a presentation to all the committee members.

4) to fix a hard cover to a tooth to protect it or replace part of it

She'd had three of her teeth capped.

5) to put a cover or lid on something

It's a good idea to cap the chimney to prevent dirt from getting in.

be capped with/byliterary to have something on top

The mountains were capped with snow.

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • cap — cap …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • cap — cap·no·di·a·ce·ae; cap·no·di·um; cap·pa; cap·pagh; cap·pa·ri·da·ce·ae; cap·pa·ris; cap·pe·len·ite; cap·pel·let·ti; cap·pie; cap·po; cap·py; cap·ra; cap·ral·de·hyde; cap·rate; cap·ric; cap·ri·cor·nis; cap·ri·dae; cap·ri·fi·cate; cap·ri·fi·ca·tion; …   English syllables

  • cap — [ kap ] n. m. • XIIIe; mot provenç. « tête », lat. caput I ♦ Vx Tête. ⇒ chef. Mod. Loc. De pied en cap [ dəpjetɑ̃kap ] :des pieds à la tête. ⇒ 1. complètement. Armés de pied en cap. II ♦ 1 ♦ (1387) Pointe de terre qui s avance d …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cap — (k[a^]p), n. [OE. cappe, AS. c[ae]ppe, cap, cape, hood, fr. LL, cappa, capa; perhaps of Iberian origin, as Isidorus of Seville mentions it first: Capa, quia quasi totum capiat hominem; it. capitis ornamentum. See 3d {Cape}, and cf. 1st {Cope}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • CAP-10 — Vue …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cap 10 — Vue de l avion Type Avion de voltige Motorisation Moteur Lyc …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cap — Cap, m. N est pas naif Francois, Car le Francois dit chef, ce que le Gascon dit Cap, Et l Espagnol Cabo, et l Italien Capo, tous quatre issans du Latin Caput. Et combien qu envers le Gascon ce mot signifie aussi teste, ce neantmoins le Francois n …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Cap — als Abkürzung steht für: Calender Access Protocol, Übermittlungsprotokoll für Kalenderdaten zwischen beliebigen Groupwareservern. CAMEL Application Part: Transportprotokoll aus der Familie des Signalling System 7 für CAMEL Anwendungen in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • CAP — als Abkürzung steht für: CAP (Automobilhersteller), ehemaliger belgischer Automobilhersteller CAP (Markt), eine Supermarktkette betrieben von behinderten/benachteiligten Menschen CAP Customer Advantage Program GmbH, verantwortlich für HappyDigits …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cap 24 — logo de Cap 24 Création 20 mars 2008 Disparition Octobre 2010 Slogan « La chaîne capitale » Langue …   Wikipédia en Français

  • cap — cap1 [kap] n. [ME cappe < OE cæppe & ML cappa < LL cappa, a cape, hooded cloak] 1. any closefitting head covering, brimless or with only a front visor, and made of wool, cotton, etc., as a baseball cap or overseas cap, or of muslin or lace …   English World dictionary

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