Main 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’
    • ‘He noticed he was an intern at the hospital by his scrubs and the tag on his shirt labeling him as such.’
    • ‘The gang is targeting pedigree dogs who have tags with their name and telephone numbers.’
    • ‘You notice this is the same man who appeared when you wantonly ripped the tag off the mattress.’
    • ‘There have been complaints from the public about some metro police officers not having name tags identifying them.’
    • ‘While you're untying, remove any labels or tags that are still attached.’
    • ‘Each pot was labeled with a galvanized tag and watered daily.’
    • ‘Today she was sorting the spices cabinet in alphabetical order, having run out of labels and tags to cut off things.’
    • ‘It fits around your dog's neck and carries its identification and inoculation tags.’
    • ‘The specimens were not permanently marked, but instead bore paper tags attached with string loops.’
    • ‘This means six thousand faces must be photographed and six thousand identification tags created.’
    • ‘Everyone who came wore a name tag indicating one thing they wanted to swap.’
    • ‘She cleared her throat and leaned forward slightly peering at the name tag attached to his bright orange monitor vest.’
    • ‘Three groups of 20 calves found with suspect identifications or without tags over the past three days are the focus of the investigation.’
    • ‘Your agent will probably be able to help with the relevant safety certificates, and checking the furnishings is a case of looking for the relevant labels and tags.’
    • ‘Ethan, the class ‘eccentric,’ decided to cut all the labels and tags from his clothing and sew them onto a T-shirt.’
    • ‘All pets should have collars and tags with easily visible identification.’
    • ‘Use inexpensive white office labels as gift tags.’
    • ‘He wore a plastic tag around his neck identifying him as an employee of a company called Dyncorp.’
    • ‘An identification tag is your pet's best protection if you and your pet become separated.’
    • ‘He reached into the box and held up a braided metal necklace with a tag attached to it.’
    label, ticket, badge, mark, marker, tab, tally, sticker, docket, stub, chit, chitty, counterfoil, flag, stamp
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    1. 1.1 An 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cohen said that one of their customers is a hospital that has attached Wi-Fi tags to wheelchairs so it can track them.’
      • ‘Prisoners are now released two months early and spend that period under a 12 hours a day home detention curfew order, monitored by an electronic tag.’
      • ‘But instead of custody the two will be confined to their homes in the evenings and at night, their compliance monitored using electronic tags.’
      • ‘Privacy activists warn that police will use the tags to track suspects, and that criminals will obtain tag-readers to locate valuables.’
      • ‘You never know, maybe our house arrest electronic tags will have sequential serial numbers!’
      • ‘All suppliers will be required to put radio tags containing electronic product codes on pallets and cases by the end of 2006.’
      • ‘One system had a permanent electronic identification neck tag on each cow, which increased the total system cost.’
      • ‘The little tags can transmit an electronic product code to a wireless receiver, speeding up scanning, and making the inventory process almost automatic.’
      • ‘Testers also expressed worries that offenders appeared to be able to ‘shield’ their tags from detection devices, allowing them to go to places where they had been banned.’
      • ‘The birds have been bred in captivity and will be fitted with radio tags to monitor their survival.’
      • ‘There is also the opportunity for including a universal tag in new cars.’
      • ‘The tags consist of an electronic circuit, antenna and memory chip.’
      • ‘A security tag is a small electronic device that triggers an alarm if the product is smuggled outside the showroom.’
      • ‘Approaching the toll bridges, electronic sensors read the tags, debit the customer's account with the toll fee and automatically lift the barriers.’
      • ‘The vehicle then must drive in a restricted toll-booth lane that ‘reads’ the tag.’
      • ‘Each tag has 128 bytes of memory that can be accessed one billion times, giving it a continuous work life of about ten years.’
      • ‘One of the most important recent technological developments in radio tagging has been increased use of satellite tracking and GPS tags.’
      • ‘The system is believed to feature electronic ankle tags with wireless connections to special mobile devices that must be carried by the offender at all times.’
      • ‘OK, so what we're going to do is we're going to give him a transponder tag, which is essentially the same as the microchips that vets will put in a dog.’
    2. 1.2 A nickname or description popularly given to someone or something.
      ‘he lived up to his tag as the team's saviour’
      • ‘In 2002, the pair made a documentary entitled Ballet Boyz, and they haven't been able to shake off the tag since.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the very least, he's a far richer playwright than the dour tag would imply.’
      • ‘So it is little wonder that he chose Bonobo as his DJ tag, especially given the nature of the music he produces.’
      • ‘He's never been too comfortable with the superstar tag, he's never been too keen to bare his soul in public and he has never done anything unless it was on his own terms.’
      • ‘Everyone spoken to for this story agrees - the politically correct tag has stuck and is damaging.’
      designation, denomination, label, description, characterization, identification, identity
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    3. 1.3informal A nickname or other identifying mark written as the signature of a graffiti artist.
      ‘scrawled felt-tip tags on city walls’
      • ‘Troubled Temple Hill is scarred by youth crime, most notably with graffiti tags all over walls and homes.’
      • ‘Hundreds of new graffiti tags are appearing all over Haydon Wick and Greenmeadow.’
      • ‘Young vandals have scrawled their tags along Malden Road for years but the problem has got worse in recent weeks, particularly since the start of the school holidays.’
      • ‘Martin looked around him at the stained sleeping bags covering patches of worse stained carpet and the walls scrawled with tags, taunts and empty boasts.’
      • ‘Gang tags and general graffiti had been scrawled everywhere a vandal with a spray can could reach.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anyone who can identify vandals responsible for these tags can call the council's 24-hour graffiti hotline.’
      • ‘The police believe that one group of people is responsible for the graffiti across West Swindon as the same graffiti tags keep appearing.’
      • ‘York Police have created a database of distinctive graffiti tags which they hope will help them link offences and target offenders.’
      • ‘His graffiti tag is a common sight around Bexley.’
      • ‘Now she doesn't even bother washing the tags from her property as the 48-year-old is resigned to the fact that the graffiti vandals will return.’
      • ‘The tags have been seen throughout Morden and elsewhere in Merton but the council's graffiti team say tags may also appear in schoolbooks, on bags or on other personal possessions.’
      • ‘When officers see a fresh graffiti tag on a street wall, they send an image in real time by phone to the crime management desk.’
      • ‘Leigh has become the biggest problem area and clean-up teams have been photographing graffiti and tags so evidence will be available if the culprits end up in court.’
      • ‘The white cement walls are spray-painted with images of red and blue bicycles, like miniature graffiti tags.’
      • ‘I often see other small stores with tags written across their windows, not even well done.’
    4. 1.4Computing An instruction appended to a piece of text in a markup language in order to specify how it is displayed or interpreted.
      • ‘In XML, the tags describe the structure and the meaning of the data.’
      • ‘As anyone with a collection of songs on their computer knows, the information contained in the information tags isn't always perfect.’
      • ‘The XML tags describe the content, unlike HTML, which presents and formats information.’
      • ‘HTML was invented with the specific purpose of providing a universal set of tags for displaying of information.’
      • ‘While you're rewriting your title and description tags, don't forget the keywords meta tag.’
    5. 1.5 A word, phrase, or name used to identify digital content such as blog and social media posts as belonging to a particular category or concerning a particular person or topic.
      ‘you can easily add tags to photos en masse’
    6. 1.6US The licence plate of a motor vehicle.
      ‘the car had Texas tags’
      • ‘If you do, they'll know it somehow, and it would be wise to keep an eye out for big guys with shaved heads wearing trench coats and driving big black cars with Georgia tags.’
      • ‘A single person also has what Paul calls worldly responsibilities - paying bills, getting the car tag, going to work.’
      • ‘He was also charged with hunting without a valid licence and with using licence tags belonging to his wife, and a juvenile.’
      • ‘It's important for a dealer to be service oriented, helping buyers get vehicle tags and sign up for car insurance.’
      • ‘But somehow after the holiday there were a lot of things that I needed to get sorted, bills to pay, my car's licence tag to renew, emails to read and reply to… so very little got done.’
      • ‘As it turned out I could read the licence tags at the specified distance.’
      • ‘Tail numbers, which start with the letter ‘N’ are to aircraft what license tags are to automobiles.’
      • ‘And for extra security, I exchanged the tags on Pearson's car for those of an identical vehicle parked in the long term stay at Miami airport.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A small piece or part that is attached to a main body.

    • ‘A steaming mug sat in front of him, a tea bag tag dangling down the side.’
    • ‘Dangling on the end of a plastic tag hung the key to the room next door.’
    1. 2.1 A ragged lock of wool on a sheep.
    2. 2.2 The tip of an animal's tail when it is distinctively coloured.
    3. 2.3 A loose or spare end of something; a leftover.
      ‘I have a few tags of second-hand equipment’
    4. 2.4 A 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’
    • ‘And what a stupid tag line: Are you thinking what we're thinking?’
    • ‘Her tag phrase is ‘Did I tell you that I would do it’, clearly asserting that her word is her absolute bond.’
    • ‘Indeed, it is difficult to embody what we do in a tag line.’
    • ‘I have never doubted what he was referring to whenever he barked out his slithery tag phrase.’
    • ‘The new work takes a celebratory approach, with upbeat music and the tag: ‘How good is that.’’
    quotation, stock phrase, platitude, cliché, epithet, quote, extract, excerpt, passage, allusion, phrase
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    1. 3.1 (in drama) a closing speech addressed to the audience.
    2. 3.2 A refrain or musical phrase in a song or piece of music.
    3. 3.3Grammar A short phrase or clause added to an already complete sentence, as in I like it, I do.
      • ‘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

[with object]
  • 1Attach a label to.

    ‘mothers suspected that their babies had been wrongly tagged during an alarm at the hospital’
    • ‘Instead of killing the fish and thus depleting the ecosystem, fishermen can tag and release them.’
    • ‘The bear was tagged before it was released, to show that it had been causing trouble.’
    • ‘This leaves 135 live animals that were neither tagged nor photographed.’
    • ‘Each item must be tagged with the name and address of the passenger.’
    • ‘They will tag and release the fish, and this gives you an opportunity to get a photo or two.’
    • ‘In addition, many gift items in the Gallery are tagged with a short note describing the origin of the maker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tires, which are tagged individually and often rolled off trucks, present a host of challenges.’
    • ‘When staff pick up the nets, they note how many fish of each species are collected in which net webbing, measure each fish and tag and release some of those taken alive.’
    • ‘Since the start of this project in 2003, four loggerheads have been tagged, fitted with transmitters, and released.’
    • ‘The trees will be tagged with the concerned person's name or after the person in whose name it is bought and people can actually visit their trees.’
    • ‘Then there was the long task of unpacking, labeling, tagging, and re-packing every single can of pickles.’
    • ‘Long rows of empty boots stretched across the plaza at the south end of the park, each pair tagged with the name of a fallen soldier.’
    • ‘Since 1975, all outstanding trees and shrubs have been tagged and their common and Latin names recorded.’
    label, attach tags to, put a label on, mark, ticket, earmark, identify, docket, flag, indicate
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    1. 1.1 Attach a monitoring tag to.
      ‘the tagging of remand prisoners’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cars could be electronically tagged in a bid to pinpoint the county's worst traffic jam hot spots.’
      • ‘He will be electronically tagged and was given a supervision order for six months.’
      • ‘Thousands of offenders will be tagged on their release from jail under plans being considered by ministers to reduce reoffending rates.’
      • ‘Prior to the challenge test, the fish were kept under standard environmental conditions and individually tagged with passive integrated transponder tags.’
      • ‘Hardcore teenage criminals will be electronically tagged or subjected to intensive surveillance under a tough new penalty being launched in South Yorkshire today.’
      • ‘Within weeks a family of four will be electronically tagged and moved in to the house as part of an experiment to see how they react to the innovative features that house-builders believe the modern lifestyle demands.’
      • ‘Most other countries in the EU had their sheep tagged years ago.’
      • ‘They say the rule that requires every lamb to be individually tagged shows how little the bureaucrats understand about farming.’
      • ‘It used to be just criminals and pet dogs that were tagged electronically, but today children are the latest target for location-tracking technology.’
      • ‘Asylum seekers also face being electronically tagged to ease the pressure on detention centres.’
      • ‘Parents who refuse to allow former partners contact with their children could be electronically tagged under plans being considered by ministers.’
      • ‘Young criminals in Bradford could face being electronically tagged under a new £9 million scheme.’
      • ‘Persistent young offenders in York and North Yorkshire could be electronically tagged in a scheme to cut youth crime.’
      • ‘In addition traceability was extended to the sheep sector with the introduction of individual sheep tagging.’
      • ‘UK asylum seekers are to be electronically tagged as part of plans to introduce tougher immigration controls announced by the Home Office yesterday.’
      • ‘Those categorised in this way and who have served their punishment could then be electronically tagged upon their release, so their movements can be monitored.’
      • ‘An average of 600 offenders are being electronically tagged each month compared to about 400 last year, the Home Office said yesterday.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2with 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’
      • ‘‘Right now, I don't think he's been around long enough to be tagged as a headhunter,’ Martinez says.’
      • ‘For his efforts, he often gets tagged with labels that would dismiss him as a left-wing nut or an unpatriotic freak!’
      • ‘But he resists the quirky label he has been tagged with.’
      • ‘He has been tagged a ‘work in progress’ who is still learning the finer points of the linebacker position.’
      • ‘Someone who gets admitted to college with an ‘unearned advantage’ is forever tagged as inferior, regardless of skills.’
      • ‘Economists with radical views often run the risk of being tagged with political labels.’
      • ‘He was definitely not shaman material, they concluded, and assigned him the task of picking berries with the old women, who tagged him with the nickname he bore till the end of his days.’
      • ‘We're both lefties, and we're both been tagged unfairly as no more than just shooters.’
      • ‘When they stopped making their case to the broader community, they were tagged with the special-interest label.’
      • ‘And anyone who hasn't won a Stanley Cup is often tagged by harsh labels in this fast-paced, hard-checking and passionate game.’
      • ‘I think everybody is just tagging him as an offensive coach.’
      • ‘He makes an outstanding catch a week ago and gets tagged with the label of perhaps owning the two most overrated defensive plays of all time.’
      • ‘The real firebrands have tagged him as racist.’
      • ‘Once tagged with this label you need to find another career or move on.’
      • ‘The ‘blame America first’ crowd is a label that right-wing extremists tagged on liberals to demonize and marginalize them.’
      • ‘He has been tagged as the next great Broncos running back.’
      • ‘Jurassic 5 are tagged as being hiphop revivalists, recalling the party era of rap.’
      • ‘Indeed, as the years go by the originals of subpoenaed smoking pistols themselves will slowly disappear, to the point where those claiming they ever existed can be safely tagged as crazed, deluded loons.’
      • ‘They can't risk being tagged as soft on enforcement.’
      • ‘At age 52, he talks with amusement at the labels people have tried to tag him with.’
      designate, describe, identify, classify, label, class, categorize, characterize
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    3. 1.3informal (of a graffiti artist) write one's nickname or mark on (a surface)
      ‘metal hoardings tagged with hip-hop graffiti’
      • ‘Instead of disappearing into the caricature of shadows of what they are supposed to be, by tagging, graffiti artists are defiantly re-naming themselves.’
      • ‘Shops in Epsom are supporting the fight against vandals who blight the borough with their graffiti tags.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since very few trains circulated, graffiti artists started tagging and painting entire subway trains.’
    4. 1.4Computing Add an instruction to (a piece of text in a markup language) in order to specify how it is displayed or interpreted.
      • ‘If tagging works well for VoIP then expect the same for video and audio, too.’
      • ‘My apologies for not html tagging this, but, well, I dunno how.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When a file is downloaded to a user's player, it will be tagged in such a way that other players would then refuse to play it.’
    5. 1.5 Add a word, phrase, or name to (digital content) to identify it as belonging to a particular category or concerning a particular person or topic.
      ‘I will be tagged in every photo I post’
    6. 1.6Biology Chemistry Label (something) with a radioactive isotope, fluorescent dye, or other marker.
      ‘pieces of DNA tagged with radioactive particles’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cells were then fixed, rinsed, and labeled with fluorescently tagged secondary antibodies as described above.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Genotypes were obtained by automated sizing of fluorescently tagged polymerase chain reaction amplification products.’
      • ‘Cells expressing the permease tagged with GFP were observed under a fluorescent microscope.’
  • 2 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’
    • ‘He tagged on the extras, but it proved little more than consolation for the vanquished outfit.’
    • ‘He tagged on the two points to put them 6-0 up.’
    • ‘Lynam tagged on the two points to take the score to 16-0.’
    • ‘He forced his way over in the corner and Barnes tagged on a touchline conversion.’
    • ‘The flirtation with danger was worth it, however, as Harvey tagged on the extra two points.’
    • ‘Blakeley tagged on the conversion to put the Reds 6-2 in front.’
    • ‘He tagged on two conversions but the highlight was keeping a clean sheet.’
    add, tack, join
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    1. 2.1no object, with adverbial Follow or accompany someone, especially without invitation.
      ‘that'll teach you not to tag along where you're not wanted’
      • ‘I had to tag along with her each time she went to the classes.’
      • ‘But I spend a lot of time these days in the playground area of our local parks and it makes sense for Zippy to tag along and get his daily walks at the same time.’
      • ‘If you're curious about the Titanic, you might want to tag along.’
      • ‘I would tag along, listening, a small shadow absorbing a vision of a much better land beyond.’
      • ‘One kid always used to tag along, unwanted, made fun of, yet somehow of greater indispensability than any of the rest of us.’
      • ‘I explained that I worked for a small newspaper and that I wanted to tag along for the day to see what being an army recruiter is all about.’
      • ‘They had no idea who I was, but were nice enough to let me tag along.’
      • ‘Starla welcomes her into her home and Genevieve gets to tag along at school, but cunning Genevieve is plotting to undermine Starla, steal her boyfriend and even her place in the cheerleading team.’
      • ‘I tag along, nodding thoughtfully when I think a nod is called for.’
      • ‘The only way, it seemed, that we could convince my buddies to tag along was to tell them that there was unlimited food and beer awaiting them.’
      • ‘I used to tag along behind him, but not just in golf; everything my Dad has enjoyed doing, I have as well.’
      • ‘As a kid, I'd tag along with Dad as he did the chores around the farm.’
      • ‘But this of course still presents a huge problem - who's going to believe that a hitman would allow a cameraman to tag along with him and film him murdering people?’
      • ‘I thought if I hung round near one of the doors, when a large-ish group with a wad of tickets was going in, I'd tag along with the group as if I was one of them, and just sit anywhere.’
      • ‘He invited these two professional female dancer friends of his to tag along.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mickey is still there and, realizing that this past version of Jack does not know him, convinces Jack to let him tag along.’
      • ‘It wouldn't hurt to tag along and shadow her in her endeavors.’
      • ‘And its always good if he notices so he can tag along as well…’
      • ‘And all you curious bystanders are welcome to tag along!’
      follow, trail
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    2. 2.2British informal with object 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.

Pronunciation

tag

/taɡ/

Main 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’
    • ‘One day, we were out running around, playing tag.’
    • ‘They were walking until they got so bored they decided to start a game of tag.’
    • ‘After school I raced in Dara Park with Lisa and Charvella, playing freeze tag and other games years too young for me.’
    • ‘Ballgames, bikes, scooters and a seeming unending game of tag keep the decibels up.’
    • ‘The joys were in simple games - hopscotch, hide-and-go-seek, tag, etc.’
    • ‘There were children running around, laughing and chasing each other in a game that looked like tag.’
    • ‘They walked down the street, which still had children playing tag, softball, and other games.’
    • ‘Today the coach decided she would treat us by having us play a game of flag tag.’
    • ‘Humming to himself, he continued his game of tag and having the time of his life.’
    • ‘We were running around in the backyard after a shower and mother told us to go play off some of our energy, so we walked out of our house in Malibu and immediately shot into a run for a game of tag.’
    • ‘But not many came this way it was to far out from any forms or life but the sand crabs that were running around, it looked like they were playing a child's game of tag.’
    • ‘A game of tag is a great way to get children to practice both running and dodging.’
    • ‘Children played a lively game of tag around his legs.’
    • ‘It was like tag; she was chasing, and our server was losing.’
    • ‘There was an elderly woman who sat on a small chair, close to the entrance of her tiny wooden house as she watched her two grandchildren run around the road, enjoying their little game of tag.’
    • ‘Clements's favorite is the most venerable game of all: tag.’
    • ‘They spent the next hour riding the waves and finished with a quick game of tag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A memory of running around with Ewen as children, playing tag and wrestling each other to the ground with peals of laughter, flashed through her mind.’
    1. 1.1Baseball The action of tagging a runner.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Members of the defensive team need to be aware of an inadvertent or accidental tag of home plate by the catcher in such situations.’
      • ‘The phantom tag at second base is another maneuver that big league middle infielders have mastered on steal plays.’
      • ‘Baseball does have an arm extension interpretation when a runner tries to avoid a fielder's tag.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Touch (someone being chased) in a game of tag.

    • ‘Freeze tag is a game where one person is selected to chase and tag the others.’
    • ‘The small girl squealed as she tagged me on the back.’
    • ‘He tags her, and she then dances back across to tap a boy.’
    • ‘He couldn't let himself be tagged, then he would have to chase, instead of being chased.’
    • ‘Instead of a player tagging you, you have to tag them!’
    1. 1.1Baseball Put (a runner) out by touching with the ball or with the hand holding the ball.
      • ‘As the pitcher straddles the rubber and the runner takes his lead, the first baseman tags the runner.’
      • ‘If Jeter says he tagged the runner, he tagged the runner.’
      • ‘The boy ran to home base and tagged a runner running in.’
      • ‘In the commotion, he took a big turn around second base and was tagged out.’
      • ‘The Pirates' defense fired the ball to third where Bond was surprisingly tagged out.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: perhaps a variant of tig.

Pronunciation

tag

/taɡ/