American English

Definition of tip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tip
    he / she / it tips
    past simple tipped
    -ing form tipping
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    lean/pour/push at an angle
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move so that one end or side is higher than the other; to move something into this position synonym tilt (+ adv./prep.) The boat tipped to one side. The seat tips forward to allow passengers into the back. tip something (+ adv./prep.) She tipped her head back and laughed loudly. We'll have to tip the sofa up to get it through the door. He tipped the wheelbarrow on its side.
  2. 2[transitive] tip something/somebody + adv./prep. to make something or someone come out of a container or its/their position by holding or lifting it/them at an angle She tipped the dirty water down the drain. The bus stopped abruptly, nearly tipping me out of my seat.
  3. 3[transitive] tip something + adv./prep. to touch something lightly so that it moves in a particular direction The forward just managed to tip the ball into the net.
  4. give extra money
  5. 4[intransitive, transitive] to give someone an extra amount of money to thank them for something they have done for you as part of their job Americans were always welcome because they tended to tip heavily. tip somebody Did you remember to tip the waiter? tip somebody something She tipped the porter a dollar.
  6. predict success
  7. 5[transitive] to say in advance that someone or something will be successful tip somebody/something (for something) The band is being tipped for the top. tip somebody/something as something The senator has been tipped by many as a future president. tip somebody/something to do something The actor is tipped to win an Oscar for his performance.
  8. cover end
  9. 6[transitive, usually passive] tip something (with something) to cover the end or edge of something with a color, a substance, etc. The wings are tipped with yellow.
  10. Idioms
    hats off to somebody, I take my hat off to somebody, I tip my hat to somebody (informal)
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    used to say that you admire someone very much for something they have done
    tip the balance/scales (also swing the balance)
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    to affect the result of something in one way rather than another In an interview, smart presentation can tip the scales in your favor. New evidence tipped the balance against the prosecution.
    tip your hand (also show your hand/cards)
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    to make your plans or intentions known
    tip the scales at something
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    to weigh a particular amount He tipped the scales at just over 175 pounds.
    Phrasal Verbstip somebodyoff (about something)tip over
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tip