Share this entry

American English: /zæp/
British English: /zap/

Translation of zap in Spanish:

transitive verb -pp-

  • 1.1 (defeat, blast) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • No one is obliged to watch television and you can always zap between channels.
    • Several talk of how they used to zap to another channel whenever politics came on television.
    • I had nothing to do the night before a game and I was zapping between the channels.
    1.2 (Computing)
    Example sentences
    • It's heaped full of chlorophyll, which zaps halitosis fast.
    • Science has wiped out many killer diseases and may soon zap the rest.
    • You need to have top-flight shooting skills to zap the constantly moving targets that are your enemy.


  • [colloquial]
    ¡zas! [colloquial]

Phrasal verbs

zap through

verb + preposition + object
1 (finish) [colloquial]he zapped through the work in a morning
despachó el trabajo en una mañana
2verb + adverb (Television)

Definition of zap in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day luxe
    Pronunciation: ləks
    expensive and of high quality; luxurious
    Cultural fact of the day

    Today is Aberri Eguna, Basque national day, and a public holiday in the Basque country of Spain.