tabtab1 /tæb/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1in typinga)TCa tabkeyb)a setposition in a line of writing that you get to by pressing the tab key2money that you owePAY FOR an amount of money that you owe, or a record of an amount of money that you owe 🔊 The tab for the campaign was nearly $500 million. 🔊 I’ll put it on your tab and you can pay tomorrow. 🔊 He ran up a $4,000 tab in long-distance calls.► see thesaurus at bill3 →pick up the tab4to opena)especially American EnglishDFDT a small piece of metal that you pull to open a can of drink syn ring pull British Englishb)a small piece of metal, plastic, or paper that you pull to open something5small piece of paper/plastic etcD a small piece of paper, cloth, plastic etc that sticks out from the edge of something, so that you can find it more easily 🔊 an index tab labeled ‘Expenses’6 (also license tab) a small piece of sticky plastic with a date on it that you put on your car’s licenseplate in the US to show that the car is legally allowed on the road7 →keep (close) tabs on somebody/something8drug informalMDD a form of the illegaldrugLSD or ecstasy 🔊 a tab of acid9cigarette British English informalDFT a cigarette10Internet one of a number of webpages you have open at the same time 🔊 Do you want to close all tabs or the current tab?
tabtab2 verb (tabbed, tabbing) 🔊 🔊 [intransitive] to press the tab key on a computer or typewriter→ See Verb table
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tab• Twenty-year-old Tavarez was tabbed to play the leadingrole.From Longman Business Dictionarytabtab /tæb/ noun [countable]1a small piece of paper or cloth that is fixed to the edge of something, usually giving information about it2a bill for something, especially one that has gradually increased over timeOne out of three credit card holders pays their credit card tab in full every month.the estimated government tab for resolving the S&L crisis3a system used in some bars and restaurants in which they keep a record of what you have bought and you pay for it laterCan you put these drinks on my tab?4pick up the tab to pay for something, especially when it is not your responsibility to payTaxpayers are picking up the tab for the government’s mistakes.5 (also tab stop)COMPUTING a button on a computer keyboard that you press to move forward to a particular place on a line of text