Definition of Tab by Merriam-Webster

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Insert the tab into this slot to close the box.

a notebook with index tabs

The tab on the zipper is broken.

He ran up a $200 bar tab.

He put the drinks on his tab.


After you type your name in the first box, you can move to the next box by tabbing.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not everyone applauded Thursday’s announcement that Ohio, Cuyahoga County, and the city of Cleveland would pick up about 2/3 of the tab for renovations to Progressive Field.

Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 5 Aug. 2021

Picking up much of the tab for visiting teams was a fiscal hardship.

Casey Brogan, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2021

But that plan would subtract the value of any state support, meaning ComEd customers would essentially be picking up part of the tab from federal taxpayers.

Dan Petrella,, 29 July 2021

Insurers might cover some of the tab, but businesses are having to pay more for insurance as litigation risk grows, especially in the pharmaceutical industry.

WSJ, 22 July 2021

During the next two years, state taxpayers will pick up a greater share of the tab, thanks to $7 million appropriated by the Legislature this session from the general fund.

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Star Tribune, 24 June 2021

When such a trust had failed to come together, David Brownlow, a member of the House of Lords and a Conservative Party supporter, picked up a chunk of the tab — the report did not disclose how much — apparently without Johnson’s knowledge.

Washington Post, 28 May 2021

The team then used computer models to relate various sea levels to flooding damage and (because Sandy’s damage was almost entirely from flooding) to estimates of how much of the tab came from climate change.

Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 18 May 2021

After Leff’s insurer, Blue Shield, picked up most of the tab, her out-of-pocket cost was about $46.

Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the pitching matchups for neither team have been released, there are good odds the U.S. will see 39-year-old Ueno, and Eriksen will almost certainly tab a combination of Abbott and Osterman.

Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021

With their first top-five pick in more than a half-century and the chance to tab a franchise-altering player, the Red Sox elected to take a big swing., 11 July 2021

Memories are at the top of the For You tab in Photos, and tracks from your Apple Music will now automatically be added.

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Zach Epstein, BGR, 7 June 2021

Eligible Twitter users can apply for verification by visiting the account settings tab on Twitter and submitting an application.

Fortune, 20 May 2021

In 2012, Tom Vanderbilt wrote a great story for Slate about the evolution of the mechanism that replaced the removable can tab.

Washington Post, 12 May 2021

The 49ers, who traded up from No. 12 to No. 3 with the Dolphins, could select Jones, and the Falcons could tab Lance.

cleveland, 7 Apr. 2021

To enable the feature, users must go to the Downloads tab on the app and switch on Downloads For You.

Todd Spangler,, 22 Feb. 2021

Saban thought highly enough of Sarkisian to tab him as offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s replacement one week before the 2017 CFP national championship.

Nick Moyle,, 7 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘tab.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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