Definition of 'tab'
Video: pronunciation of 'tab'
Example sentences containing 'tab'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
The rest of the cast are hard to keep tabs on in their matching red boiler suits. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This will look deeply hypocritical and wasteful to the taxpayers who are picking up the tab. The Sun (2016)Successive governments propped up companies that had no plausible prospects and the taxpayer picked up the tab. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Although it would be handy if you too had a rock star on hand to pick up the tab. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Billions have gone to wind farm and solar energy firms in recent years with business and households picking up the tab. The Sun (2017)He was not helped by two expensive divorces and his habit during the good times of picking up the tab in restaurants. Times, Sunday Times (2016)If they are from within the area, their own government will pick up the tab. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And Button always picked the tab. The Sun (2016)Apparently it means keeping tabs on the people next door, who happen to be called Jones. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The upshot is that some companies pay less tax than they should, which in turn means individual income taxpayers end up picking up the tab. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The banana comes with its own pull tab. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Stopping members running up huge tabs is also being considered. The Sun (2012)We will go out for another drink soon and keep tabs on how we are getting on. The Sun (2006)We all expected him to pick up the tab. THE LAST PARTY: Britpop, Blair and the demise of English rock (2003)They keep very close tabs on him. The Sun (2014)You can then flick between the two by clicking on tabs at the top of the window. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The sight of that red tab on the back pocket triggers something that is well worth triggering. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Mutual love replaces the need to keep tabs. Christianity Today (2000)The firm was picking up the tab. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The plan is aimed keeping closer tabs dangerous cons still on licence. The Sun (2006)Nurses are the last people who should pick up the tab. The Sun (2007)But consumer groups warned families would pick up the tab by paying more for their gas and electricity. The Sun (2012)Handy for keeping tabs on trends. Times, Sunday Times (2009)You can't go in or out without people keeping tabs on you. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The practice of allowing MPs to run up tabs may also be examined. Times, Sunday Times (2012)All my credit-card bills go straight to my accountants so they can keep tabs and pay things off. Times, Sunday Times (2007)MI5 is devoting'small but significant' resources to keeping close tabs on them. The Sun (2008)
Trends of 'tab'
Used Occasionally. tab is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'tab'
British English: tab NOUN
paper A tab is a small piece of cloth or paper that is attached to something, usually with information about that thing written on it.
A clerk had slipped the wrong tab on his X-ray .
British English: tab NOUN
bill A tab is the total cost of goods or services that you have to pay, or the bill or check for those goods or services.
At least one estimate puts the total tab at $7 million.
Definition of tab from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.