tag

Tag! You're it! Tag is a playground game in which you try to catch other players. A tag is also a label or marker that provides some information about the thing it's attached to, like the tag inside the neck of your sweater.

Items for sale often display price tags, and people at a social event sometimes wear name tags. You can also use tag as a verb to mean "to mark with a tag." This word has many colloquial meanings too, including "nickname" and "identifying graffiti mark." There's also the verb meaning "to touch another player in a game of tag."

Primary Meanings of tag

1.
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a small piece of cloth or paper
attach a tag or label to
2.
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a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser
go after with the intent to catch
3.
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supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes
Full Definitions of tag
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n a small piece of cloth or paper

Synonyms:
rag, shred, tag end, tatter
Types:
pine-tar rag
baseball equipment consisting of a rag soaked with pine tar; used on the handle of a baseball bat to give a batter a firm grip
Type of:
piece of cloth, piece of material
a separate part consisting of fabric

n a label written or printed on paper, cardboard, or plastic that is attached to something to indicate its owner, nature, price, etc.

Synonyms:
ticket
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dog tag
metal plate on a dog collar bearing its registration number
dog tag
military identification tag worn on a chain around the neck
name tag
a tag showing the name of the person who wears it
price tag
a tag showing the price of the article it is attached to
Type of:
label
an identifying or descriptive marker that is attached to an object

n a label associated with something for the purpose of identification

“semantic tags were attached in order to identify different meanings of the word”
Type of:
label
an identifying or descriptive marker that is attached to an object

v attach a tag or label to

Synonyms:
label, mark
mark
make or leave a mark on
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brand, brandmark, trademark
mark with a brand or trademark
point
mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
point
mark with diacritics
point
mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
calibrate
mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that it can be read in the desired units
code
attach a code to
badge
put a badge on
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v provide with a name or nickname

Type of:
call, name
assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
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n a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser

Type of:
child's game
a game enjoyed by children

n (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)

Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them

v go after with the intent to catch

Synonyms:
chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tail, track, trail
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tree
chase an animal up a tree
quest
search the trail of (game)
hound, hunt, trace
pursue or chase relentlessly
run down
pursue until captured
ferret
hound or harry relentlessly
Type of:
follow, pursue
follow in or as if in pursuit

v touch a player while he is holding the ball

Types:
nab
tag the base runner to get him out
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with
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v supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes

Type of:
rhyme, rime
compose rhymes

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