Dip - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪp|  American pronunciation of the word dip
Brit.  |dɪp|  British pronunciation of the word dip


- a depression in an otherwise level surface
there was a dip in the road
- (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon (syn: inclination)
- a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places (syn: cutpurse, pickpocket)
- tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped
- a brief immersion
- a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity (syn: drop, fall)
a dip in prices
- a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow
- a brief swim in water (syn: plunge)
- a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms


- immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate (syn: douse, dunk, plunge, souse)
dip the garment into the cleaning solution
dip the brush into the paint
- dip into a liquid while eating (syn: dunk)
- go down momentarily
Prices dipped
- stain an object by immersing it in a liquid
- take a small amount from
I had to dip into my savings to buy him this present
- switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam (syn: dim)
- lower briefly
She dipped her knee
- appear to move downward (syn: sink)
The sun dipped below the horizon
- slope downwards
Our property dips towards the river
- dip into a liquid (syn: douse, duck)
He dipped into the pool
- place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax
- immerse in a disinfectant solution
dip the sheep
- plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container
He dipped into his pocket
- scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface
dip water out of a container

Extra examples

Use a ladle to dip some water out of the pot.

The sun dipped below the horizon.

The road dips over the hill.

I saw his head dip below the surface of the water.

I'll allow the children to dip their bread into the soup.

She dipped the blouse into the hot suds.

The swimmer dipped into the river but it was too cold.

He dipped the chowder into individual bowls.

The moon dipped behind the trees.

The road dips.

I've only dipped into politics.

I usually dip into a book before deciding whether to read it.

The first fourteen years I dipped I got grabbed eleven times.

I had to dip into the money I had saved to pay for the holiday.

He dipped his hand in the water.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dip
he/she/it: dips
present participle: dipping
past tense: dipped
past participle: dipped
singular: dip
plural: dips
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