Meaning of CAP in English

CAP

/ kæp; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

HAT

1.

a type of soft flat hat with a peak (= a hard curved part sticking out in front). Caps are worn especially by men and boys, often as part of a uniform :

a school cap

—see also baseball cap , cloth cap , mob cap

2.

(usually in compounds) a soft hat that fits closely and is worn for a particular purpose :

a shower cap

3.

a soft hat with a square flat top worn by some university teachers and students at special ceremonies

—compare mortar board

IN SPORT

4.

( BrE ) a cap given to sb who is chosen to play for a school, country, etc.; a player chosen to play for their country, etc. :

He won his first cap (= was first chosen to play) for England against France.

There are three new caps in the side.

ON PEN / BOTTLE

5.

a cover or top for a pen, bottle, etc. :

a lens cap

—picture at tube

—see also filler cap , hubcap ➡ note at lid

LIMIT ON MONEY

6.

an upper limit on an amount of money that can be spent or borrowed by a particular institution or in a particular situation :

The government has placed a cap on local council spending.

IN TOY GUNS

7.

a small paper container with explosive powder inside it, used especially in toy guns

FOR WOMAN

8.

( BrE ) = diaphragm (2)

—see also ice cap , thinking cap

IDIOMS

- go cap in hand (to sb)

- if the cap fits (, wear it)

—more at feather noun

■ verb

( -pp- ) [ vn ]

COVER TOP

1.

[ usually passive ] cap sth (with sth) to cover the top or end of sth with sth :

mountains capped with snow

snow-capped mountains

LIMIT MONEY

2.

[ often passive ] ( especially BrE ) to limit the amount of money that can be charged for sth or spent on sth :

a capped mortgage

BEAT

3.

( especially BrE ) to say or do sth that is funnier, more impressive, etc. than sth that has been said or done before :

What an amazing story. Can anyone cap that?

TOOTH

4.

[ usually passive ] to put an artificial covering on a tooth to make it look more attractive :

He's had his front teeth capped.

SYN crown

IN SPORT

5.

[ usually passive ] ( BrE ) to choose sb to play in their country's national team for a particular sport :

He has been capped more than 30 times for Wales.

IDIOMS

- to cap / top it all

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English cæppe hood , from late Latin cappa , perhaps from Latin caput head.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.