- 1[transitive] to put something quickly into a liquid and take it out again dip something (into something) He dipped the brush into the paint. dip something (in) Dip your hand in to see how hot the water is. The fruit had been dipped in chocolate.
- 2 [intransitive, transitive] to go downward or to a lower level; to make something do this synonym fall (+ adv./prep.) The sun dipped below the horizon. Sales for this quarter have dipped from 38.7 million to 33 million. The road dipped suddenly as we approached the town. dip something (+ adv./prep.) The plane dipped its wings.
- 3 [transitive] dip something when farmers dip animals, especially sheep, they put them in a bath of a liquid containing chemicals in order to kill insects, etc. Idioms
NAmE//dɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dip
he / she / it dips
past simple dipped
-ing form dipping
to spend some of your own money on something She was forced to dip into her own pocket to pay for the repairs.
dip into your pocket (informal)jump to other results
to start doing something very carefully to see if it will be successful or not We decided to dip a toe in the computer games market. Phrasal Verbsdip into something
dip a toe in/into something, dip a toe in/into the water (informal)jump to other results