How to use
past tense and past participle
, present participle
intransitive and transitive
to move into a sloping position, so that one end or side is higher than the other, or to make something do this
tip forward/back/to etc
His helmet had tipped forward and the boy pushed it back.
Eric fell asleep, his head gently tipping to one side.
tip something forward/back etc
'So what?' asked Brian, tipping his chair back on its rear legs.
transitive always + adverb/preposition
to pour something from one place or container into another
tip something onto/into something
Tip the onions and oil into a large ovenproof dish.
Ben tipped the contents of the drawer onto the table.
tip something out
Shall I tip the water out?
intransitive and transitive
to give an additional amount of money to someone such as a
or taxi driver
Did you tip the waiter?
tip somebody something
I tipped him $5.
be likely to succeed
transitive usually passive
if someone or something is tipped to do something, people think that they are most likely to succeed in doing it
tip somebody/something to do something
the man tipped to become the next President
tip somebody for/as something
He's tipped as a future world champion.
He had been widely tipped to get the new post of deputy director.
having a tip that is made of or covered with gold, steel etc
a silver-tipped walking stick
tip the balance/scales
to give a slight advantage to someone or something
Three factors helped to
tip the balance in favour of
the Labour leadership.
tip the scales at something
to weigh a particular amount, used especially of someone who will be taking part in a sports competition
At today's weigh-in he tipped the scales at just over 15 stone.
it's tipping (it) down
said when it is raining very heavily
It was absolutely tipping it down.
be tipped with something
to have one end covered in something
arrows tipped with poison
red petals tipped with white
tip your hat/cap (to somebody)
to touch or raise your hat as a greeting to someone
to say or do something that shows you admire what someone has done
tip somebody the wink
to give someone secret information
tip somebody ↔
to give someone such as the police a secret warning or piece of information, especially about illegal activities
The police must have been tipped off.
tip somebody off that
His contact had tipped him off that drugs were on the premises.
tip somebody ↔ off about
Did you tip him off about Bernard?
if you tip something over, or if it tips over, it falls or turns over
The candle tipped over and the hay caught fire.
tip something ↔ over
The current was starting to tip the canoe over and I began to panic.
if you tip something up, or if it tips up, it moves into a sloping position, so that one end or side is higher than the other
tip something ↔ up
He tipped the bottle up so that the last of the liquid flowed into his glass.
Ken tipped up the wheelbarrow, then stood back to rest.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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