dip1 past tense and past participle dipped, present participle dipping
to put something into a liquid and lift it out again
put something in liquid[transitive]
dip something in/into something
He dipped his hand in the water.
Dip the strawberries into melted chocolate.
to move down, or to make something move down, usually for just a short time:
move down[intransitive and transitive]
We watched the sun dip below the horizon.
She dipped her head and spoke into the microphone.
if an amount or level dips, it becomes less, usually for just a short time [= fall]:
Profits dipped slightly last year.
Temperatures dipped to -10°C last night.
if land or a road or path dips, it slopes down and then goes up again
5 British EnglishTTC
to lower the angle of the front lights of your car when someone is driving towards you
to put animals in a chemical that kills insects on their skin
dip into somethingphrasal verb
to read short parts of a book, magazine etc, but not the whole thing:
It's the kind of book you can dip into now and again.
to use some of an amount of money that you have:
Medical bills forced her to dip into her savings.
Parents are being asked to dip into their pockets for new school books (=use their own money to pay for them).
to put your hand into a bag or box in order to take out one of the things inside:
On her lap was a bag of candy which she kept dipping into.