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Sense: 1-2
Origin: Old English lapian
Sense: 3
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from LAP11 in the earlier meaning 'fold, piece of cloth'

lap

2 verb
     
lap2 past tense and past participle lapped, present participle lapping
1 [intransitive and transitive] if water laps something or laps against something such as the shore or a boat, it moves against it or hits it in small waves
lap against/over etc
The waves lapped gently against the rocks.
The tide was lapping the harbour wall.
lap
2 also lap up [transitive] if an animal laps water, milk etc, it drinks it by putting its tongue into it
3 [transitive] to pass a competitor in a race who is one complete lap behind you:
Erik Gomas spun off the track when trying to lap Andrew Scott.
lapping noun [uncountable]
She could hear the soft lapping of the sea.

lap something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to enjoy something without worrying about whether it is good, true etc:
She's lapping up all the attention she's getting.
The humour was lapped up by an appreciative crowd.
2 if an animal laps up water, milk etc, it drinks it by putting its tongue into it:
The cat began to lap up the milk.

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