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Definition of dip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] (informal) a quick swim Let's go for a dip before breakfast.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a thick mixture into which pieces of food are dipped before being eaten
  3. 3[countable] a decrease in the amount or success of something, usually for only a short period synonym fall a sharp dip in profits
  4. 4[countable] a place where a surface suddenly drops to a lower level and then rises again a dip in the road The village lay in a dip among the hills. Puddles had formed in the dips.
  5. 5[uncountable, countable] a liquid containing a chemical into which sheep and other animals can be dipped in order to kill insects on them
  6. 6[singular] dip into something a quick look at something A brief dip into history serves to confirm this view.
  7. 7[countable, usually singular] a quick movement of something down and up He gave a dip of his head.
  8. 8[countable] (informal) a stupid person
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dip