American English

Definition of dip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dip
    he / she / it dips
    past simple dipped
    -ing form dipping
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. Idioms
    dip into your pocket (informal)
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    to spend some of your own money on something She was forced to dip into her own pocket to pay for the repairs.
    dip a toe in/into something, dip a toe in/into the water (informal)
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    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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dip