There are 2 definitions of tag in English:

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noun

  • 1A label attached to someone or something for the purpose of identification or to give other information: he gave his pet a collar with a metal name tag he took off his identity tag and inserted it into a machine
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    • While you're untying, remove any labels or tags that are still attached.
    • Three groups of 20 calves found with suspect identifications or without tags over the past three days are the focus of the investigation.
    • He reached into the box and held up a braided metal necklace with a tag attached to it.
    Synonyms
    label, ticket, badge, mark, marker, tab, tally, sticker, docket, stub, chit, chitty, counterfoil, flag, stamp
  • 1.1An electronic device that can be attached to someone or something for monitoring purposes, e.g. to track offenders under house arrest or to deter shoplifters.
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    • You never know, maybe our house arrest electronic tags will have sequential serial numbers!
    • The most worthy community penalty is the curfew order, monitored by an electronic tag attached to the defendant's ankle, which requires him to be at home for up to twelve hours a day.
    • But instead of custody the two will be confined to their homes in the evenings and at night, their compliance monitored using electronic tags.
  • 1.2A nickname or description popularly given to someone or something: he lived up to his tag as the team’s saviour
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    • Everyone spoken to for this story agrees - the politically correct tag has stuck and is damaging.
    • Make the appointment on the basis that every pound spent on sport is a contribution to the health of the nation and part of the effort to lose our tag as the sick man of Europe.
    • Wild Child was a phrase created to describe her beloved twin, but Callie's lips curved slightly as she realised that Stacie was right, bookworm would be a better tag.
    Synonyms
    designation, denomination, label, description, characterization, identification, identity; nickname, name, epithet, title, soubriquet, pet name, byname
    informal handle, moniker
    formal appellation, cognomen
  • 1.3 informal A nickname or other identifying mark written as the signature of a graffiti artist: scrawled felt-tip tags on city walls
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    • The tags, writing and art style are all collected so in the event of a sprayer being caught, officers may be able to use a portfolio of evidence of other offences.
    • The police believe that one group of people is responsible for the graffiti across West Swindon as the same graffiti tags keep appearing.
    • Hundreds of new graffiti tags are appearing all over Haydon Wick and Greenmeadow.
  • 1.4 Computing A character or set of characters appended to a piece of text or data in order to identify or categorize it.
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    • HTML was invented with the specific purpose of providing a universal set of tags for displaying of information.
    • As anyone with a collection of songs on their computer knows, the information contained in the information tags isn't always perfect.
    • While you're rewriting your title and description tags, don't forget the keywords meta tag.
  • 1.5US The licence plate of a motor vehicle: the car had Texas tags
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    • In this case, the defendant was driving a car with stolen tags and the license plate light out.
    • She drove more slowly now, careful to look in the parked cars for anyone who might be watching, checking the tags for a government plate.
    • Tail numbers, which start with the letter ‘N’ are to aircraft what license tags are to automobiles.
  • 2A small piece or part that is attached to a main body.
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    • Dangling on the end of a plastic tag hung the key to the room next door.
    • A steaming mug sat in front of him, a tea bag tag dangling down the side.
  • 2.1A ragged lock of wool on a sheep.
  • 2.2The tip of an animal’s tail when it is distinctively coloured.
  • 2.3A loose or spare end of something; a leftover: I have a few tags of second-hand equipment
  • 2.4A metal or plastic point at the end of a shoelace that stiffens it, making it easier to insert through an eyelet.
  • 3A frequently repeated quotation or stock phrase: his writing is full of tags from the Bible and Shakespeare
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    • I have never doubted what he was referring to whenever he barked out his slithery tag phrase.
    • And what a stupid tag line: Are you thinking what we're thinking?
    • Indeed, it is difficult to embody what we do in a tag line.
    Synonyms
    quotation, stock phrase, platitude, cliché, epithet, quote, extract, excerpt, passage, allusion, phrase; saying, proverb, maxim, axiom, adage, saw, aphorism, motto, epigram, epigraph, dictum, formula, truism, slogan, catchphrase
    informal , • dated gobbet
  • 3.1 Theatre A closing speech addressed to the audience.
  • 3.2A refrain or musical phrase in a song or piece of music.
  • 3.3 Grammar A short phrase or clause added to an already complete sentence, as in I like it, I do.
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    • Another possibility is for the tag to agree with a subordinate clause: I don't think they'll come now, will they?; That's a nice mess you've got us into, haven't you?
    • However, such uses in quotative tags are fairly common.
    • These tags litter our own speech, oiling the wheels of conversation, organising turn-taking and clearing up misunderstanding.

verb (tags, tagging, tagged)

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  • 1Attach a label to: mothers suspected that their babies had been wrongly tagged during an alarm at the hospital
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    • The bear was tagged before it was released, to show that it had been causing trouble.
    • Then there was the long task of unpacking, labeling, tagging, and re-packing every single can of pickles.
    • About four days before, Rose had left her larger suitcases, tagged and labeled with her name, waiting out on her front porch to be picked up and transported to camp ahead of her.
    Synonyms
    label, attach tags to, put a label on, mark, ticket, earmark, identify, docket, flag, indicate
  • 1.1Attach an electronic tag to: (as noun tagging) the tagging of remand prisoners
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    • I was amazed by the Green Party members during question time today when they were complaining about the Minister of Conservation tagging dolphins with an electronic tag that was to be picked up by satellite.
    • She will be electronically tagged for the first six months, to stop her leaving her home between 8pm and 6pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
    • Hardcore teenage criminals will be electronically tagged or subjected to intensive surveillance under a tough new penalty being launched in South Yorkshire today.
  • 1.2 [with object and adverbial or complement] Give a specified name or description to: he left because he didn’t want to be tagged as a soap star
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    • When they stopped making their case to the broader community, they were tagged with the special-interest label.
    • Economists with radical views often run the risk of being tagged with political labels.
    • And anyone who hasn't won a Stanley Cup is often tagged by harsh labels in this fast-paced, hard-checking and passionate game.
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  • 1.3 informal (Of a graffiti artist) write one’s nickname or mark on (a surface): metal hoardings tagged with hip-hop graffiti
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    • Since very few trains circulated, graffiti artists started tagging and painting entire subway trains.
    • I'm entirely on the side of graffiti artists who tag places that have a political resonance.
    • Nothing looks worse than a fire which appears to be a transparent pyramid tagged by graffiti vandals.
  • 1.4 Computing Add a character or set of characters to (a piece of text or data) in order to identify or categorize it.
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    • Audio could be tagged, but not downloaded easily.
    • The S-bit is applied to code that needs to be secure, and a separate portion of an ARM processor monitors and identifies data tagged with an S-bit.
    • If tagging works well for VoIP then expect the same for video and audio, too.
  • 1.5 Biology & Chemistry Label (something) with a radioactive isotope, fluorescent dye, or other marker: pieces of DNA tagged with radioactive particles
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    • Initially we wrote our applications on the assumption that we would do the work the conventional way, using radioactive labels to tag the DNA fragments and film to record the sequence from the gels.
    • The stem cell was tagged with a fluorescent dye, allowing investigators to track and recover the cells descended from single cell transplanted into female mice.
    • Genotypes were obtained by automated sizing of fluorescently tagged polymerase chain reaction amplification products.
  • 2 [with object and adverbial] Add to something, especially as an afterthought or with no real connection: she meant to tag her question on at the end of her remarks
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    • He forced his way over in the corner and Barnes tagged on a touchline conversion.
    • He tagged on two conversions but the highlight was keeping a clean sheet.
    • The flirtation with danger was worth it, however, as Harvey tagged on the extra two points.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1 [no object, with adverbial] Follow or accompany someone, especially without invitation: that’ll teach you not to tag along where you’re not wanted
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    • It wouldn't hurt to tag along and shadow her in her endeavors.
    • I would tag along, listening, a small shadow absorbing a vision of a much better land beyond.
    • The only unanswerable anti-war argument was the generally conservative, Little England case that it is no longer in Britain's interests to tag along behind the United States.
    Synonyms
    follow, trail; come after, go after, tread on the heels of, shadow, dog; go with, accompany, attend, escort
    informal tail
  • 2.2 [with object] British informal Follow closely: we were tagged—that car was following us
  • 3Shear away ragged locks of wool from (sheep).

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a narrow hanging section of a decoratively slashed garment): of unknown origin; compare with dag. The verb dates from the early 17th century.

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There are 2 definitions of tag in English:

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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A children’s game in which one chases the rest, and anyone who is caught then becomes the pursuer: we began to play tag under the water
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    • Speed frequently determines who is safe or out, who is caught during games of tag, or who will win the race.
    • The girls stopped spinning and began chasing each other in an impromptu game of freeze tag.
    • There were children running around, laughing and chasing each other in a game that looked like tag.
  • 1.1 Baseball The action of tagging a runner.
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    • Baseball does have an arm extension interpretation when a runner tries to avoid a fielder's tag.
    • Members of the defensive team need to be aware of an inadvertent or accidental tag of home plate by the catcher in such situations.
    • I strongly believe that the language of the rule needs to be amended to explain the necessity of a tag when runners advance at their own risk after an Infield Fly is called.

verb (tags, tagging, tagged)

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  • 1Touch (someone being chased) in a game of tag.
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    • Freeze tag is a game where one person is selected to chase and tag the others.
    • He couldn't let himself be tagged, then he would have to chase, instead of being chased.
    • He tags her, and she then dances back across to tap a boy.
  • 1.1 Baseball Put (a runner) out by touching with the ball or with the hand holding the ball.
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    • As the pitcher straddles the rubber and the runner takes his lead, the first baseman tags the runner.
    • The boy ran to home base and tagged a runner running in.
    • If Jeter says he tagged the runner, he tagged the runner.

Origin

mid 18th century: perhaps a variant of tig.

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