There are 2 translations of tap in Spanish:

tap1

Pronunciation: /tæp/

n

  • 1 c 1.1 (for water) (BrE) llave (f) or (Esp) grifo (m) or (RPl) canilla (f) or (Per) caño (m) or (AmC) paja (f) or (AmC, Ven) chorro (m) to turn the tap on/off abrir*/cerrar* la llave ( or el grifo etc) to leave the taps running dejar las llaves abiertas ( or los grifos abiertos etc)
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    • Look for a model with digital output temperature control, which delivers consistently hot water from the tap, regardless of flow rate.
    • Boil for one minute, then drain through a sieve and rinse under the cold tap.
    • When you turn on the tap, unfiltered water flows through the faucet head at a full-pressure flow as with any conventional faucet.
    1.2
    (gas tap)
    llave (f) del gas
    1.3 (on barrel) espita (f) on tap (lit: of beer) de barril (ready for use) we have all that information on tap tenemos toda esa información al alcance de la mano we have plenty of experience on tap disponemos de mucho personal experimentado (on schedule) (AmE) [colloquial/familiar], al día
  • 2 c (listening device) micrófono (m) de escucha they put a tap on his phone le intervinieron or [familiar/colloquial] pincharon el teléfono
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    • Is that because it would have revealed a tap on his phone, a tap on his cell phone and the GPS locator?
    • I have a police scanner and a tap on the police computers and phone lines.
    • Check it out, but be careful leaving comments - it won't be long before the Department of Homeland Security has a tap on his modem.
  • 3 c (light blow) toque (m), golpecito (m) she gave me a tap on the shoulder me dio un toque or golpecito en el hombro there was a gentle tap at the door tocaron suavemente a la puerta
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    • A quick tap on the first door to his right was all he gave before pushing it open and entering.
    • She started toward her bed, but just as she took her first step, a sharp tap sounded at the French doors that led to the terrace outside her window.
    • A light tap at the door announced the arrival of the servant.
  • 4 u tap dancing

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adj
el vestido no es mío, es prestado = it's not my dress, I borrowed it …
Cultural fact of the day

Churro is a typical Spanish food, consisting of a long thin cylinder of dough, deep-fried in olive oil and often dusted with sugar. Churros are usually eaten with a thick hot drinking chocolate, especially for breakfast.

There are 2 translations of tap in Spanish:

tap2

vt (-pp-)

  • 1 (strike lightly) dar* un toque or golpecito en he tapped her on the shoulder le dio un toque or golpecito en el hombro he was tapping his fingers on the table tamborileaba con los dedos sobre la mesa to tap in a command/code [Comput] teclear una orden/un código
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    • With lifeless voices, singers march through the streets, striking bells and tapping on drums made of buffalo skin.
    • She taps the ‘send’ button and I hear the computer printer crackle in the kitchen behind us as it prints out the order ticket.
    • Gently tap to eliminate excess spice mixture and then coat uniformly with bread crumbs.
  • 2 2.1 [cask/barrel] ponerle* una espita a; [tree] sangrar 2.2

    tap (off)

    [liquid] sacar*
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    • The water needed to be tapped from a reliable spring four miles away raising the cost of the scheme to £3,000 - to be paid by the householders.
    • The deep Israeli wells in the Jordan Valley have good water quality since they tap the Lower Cenomanian aquifer system.
    • President-elect George W. Bush has argued that the oil can be tapped without killing wildlife or marring the environment.
    2.3 [pipe/power line] hacer* un empalme con
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    • To the back of Adian lay a bar, with flasks and wooden kegs that were tapped for liquid stacked in every available place.
    • The early closing time of pubs meant that carousers were forced to gather at dusk in private homes, where the host would tap a barrel.
    • When we get back the New Belgium kegs get tapped and we start getting primed for the night.
    2.4 [resources/reserves] explotar, aprovechar
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    • The two-man crew has tapped into the oxygen supply of a docked cargo ship.
    • There's clearly a huge customer resource yet to be tapped; the question is how to go about it.
    • The groundwater that is tapped into by wells on private lands is in fact a common resource, something nobody can effectively own.
    2.5 [colloquial/familiar]to tap sb for sth (for money/information) intentar sacarle algo a algn she tapped me for information intentó (son)sacarme información, me tiró de la lengua [familiar/colloquial]
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    • The trees are tapped for latex by cutting spiral grooves in the bark and inserting a spout with a cup for collection of the latex.
    • In summer they might have found fresh honey in the woods produced by wild bees or perhaps tapped maple trees in spring to harvest sweet sap.
    • With the warm days and cold nights, maple trees are tapped for flowing sap.
  • 3 [telephone] intervenir*, pinchar [familiar/colloquial]; [conversation] interceptar, escuchar he thinks his phone's been tapped cree que le han intervenido el teléfono, cree que está siendo objeto de escuchas
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    • As for Paul himself, he is the oddball in his family whom they cannot quite work out, but tap for money as if he was a bank.
    • He, is an introspective artist whose success has left him in a lonely place, where livelihoods rest on his shoulders and old friends regularly tap him for money and favors.
    • In the immediate aftermath of the events, the public may not have thought of libraries as a source to tap for relevant information.
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    • For really big cases, the agency buys expensive software from a telephone company to tap phones directly.
    • And it is likely that there will be an effort to tap your hard-wired telephone as well - (more on that in a bit).
    • A Scanner is a device that is used to tap into cell phone conversations.
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    • But an even higher profile role came in 1987, when Ronald Reagan tapped him to be chairman of the Federal Reserve.
    • The President tapped him last year be the Afghan ambassador, and he's shuttled between Kabul and Washington ever since.
    • But with extensive prior experience in camping, she was tapped to assist with the development of this new program.
  • 4 (designate) (AmE) to tap sb for sth nombrar a algn para algo

vi (-pp-)

  • 1.1 (strike lightly) to tap at/on sth dar* toques or golpecitos en algo she's upstairs, tapping away at the keys está arriba, dándole a la máquina 1.2 (make tapping sound) dar* golpecitos, tamborilear, repiquetear

Phrasal verbs

tap into

1.1 (draw upon) [experience/creativity/energy] sacar* provecho de, aprovechar, explotar 1.2 (exploit) [market/resource] aprovecharse de, explotar 1.1 (access) [database/system] acceder a, entrar en or a; [telephone conversation] intervenir*

tap out

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 [rhythm/message] pulsar 1.2 [pipe] vaciar*

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Word of the day prestado
adj
el vestido no es mío, es prestado = it's not my dress, I borrowed it …
Cultural fact of the day

Churro is a typical Spanish food, consisting of a long thin cylinder of dough, deep-fried in olive oil and often dusted with sugar. Churros are usually eaten with a thick hot drinking chocolate, especially for breakfast.