dipdip1 /dɪp/ ●●○ verb (dipped, dipping) 🔊 🔊 1put something in liquid [transitive]PUT to put something into a liquid and lift it out againdip something in/into something 🔊 He dipped his hand in the water. 🔊 Dip the strawberries into melted chocolate.► see thesaurus at put2move down [intransitive, transitive]DOWN to move down, or to make something move down, usually for just a short time 🔊 We watched the sun dip below the horizon. 🔊 She dipped her head and spoke into the microphone.3become less [intransitive] if an amount or level dips, it becomes less, usually for just a short time syn fall 🔊 Profits dipped slightly last year. 🔊 Temperatures dipped to -10°C last night.4road/path [countable] if land or a road or path dips, it slopes down and then goes up again5 →dip your headlights/lights6animals [transitive]HBATA to put animals in a chemical that kills insects on their skin →skinny-dipping →dip into something→ See Verb table
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dip• Now dip a large spoon into the soup and take out some broth.• Mike Yarwood's careerdipped as Heath's and Wilson's did.• The murderingsun had dipped below the horizon, and this was the time when she could forage for food.• Emily dipped her toes in the water and squealed.• This morning he didn't dip his bread and butter into it, munch and gulp, as usual.• On leaving, Meredith dipped his hand into a basin of water and traced a cross on her forehead.• Betty Crocker DunkAroos are animal crackercookies meant to be dipped in the accompanyingrainbowsprinklesfrosting.• The traildipped into the darkrainforest.• The flow of money into the 30-stockaveragedipped sharply in mid-December.• Dipstale bread in egg and milk and fry it in butter to make French Toast.• The temperature may dip to -10 at some places near Tahoe tonight.dip something in/into something• Dip vegetables into the batter, then fry for 3-4 minutes.dipped ... head• Then she snorted and dipped her head.• I dipped my head and brought the gun up at the same time without thinking.• As she reached the door she dipped her head, as if she had something caught in her eye.• And then she dipped her head, closed her eyes, and wept.• Morton dipped his head, his face pulledwide, excited.• Zahara dipped her head in the water one more time then reached for her towel.• He kissed her face, then dipped his head, lifting her hips with his hands.• Evelyn came close to Newman, dipped her head sideways.
dipdip2 ●●○ noun 🔊 🔊 1SWIMswim [countable] informalDSS a quickswim 🔊 Are you coming in for a dip?take/have a dip 🔊 Let’s take a dip in the lake.2DECREASEdecrease [countable]LESS a slightdecrease in the amount of somethingdip in 🔊 an unexpected dip in profits3FOODfood [countable, uncountable]DFF a thickmixture that you can dip food into before you eat it 🔊 sour cream and onion dip4IN A SURFACEin a surface [countable]HOLE a place where the surface of something goes down suddenly, then goes up againdip in 🔊 a dip in the road5FOR ANIMALSfor animals [countable, uncountable]HBATA a chemical that kills insects on sheep and other animals 🔊 sheep dip6PERSONperson [countable]STUPID/NOT INTELLIGENT American English spoken a stupid person7 →a dip into something →lucky dip