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verb \ˈdip\

Simple Definition of dip

  • : to put (something) into a liquid and pull it out again quickly

  • : to move (something) into and out of something

  • : to lift (liquid) out from a container

Full Definition of dip


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to plunge or immerse momentarily or partially under the surface (as of a liquid) so as to moisten, cool, or coat <dip candles> b :  to thrust in a way to suggest immersion c :  to immerse (as a sheep or dog) in an antiseptic or parasiticidal solution

  3. 2 a :  to lift a portion of by reaching below the surface with something shaped to hold liquid :  ladle b :  to take a portion of (snuff)

  4. 3 a archaic :  involve b :  mortgage

  5. 4 a :  to lower and then raise again <dip a flag in salute> b chiefly British :  dim 2

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 a :  to plunge into a liquid and quickly emerge b :  to immerse something into a processing liquid or finishing material

  8. 2 a :  to suddenly drop down or out of sight b of an airplane :  to drop suddenly before climbing c :  to decline or decrease moderately and usually temporarily <prices dipped> d :  to lower the body momentarily especially as part of an athletic or dancing motion

  9. 3 a :  to withdraw a part of the contents of something by or as if by reaching down inside it —used with into <dipped into his pocket for change> <dipped into the family's savings>

  10. 4 :  to examine or read something casually or superficially —used with into <dip into a book>

  11. 5 :  to incline downward from the plane of the horizon

dip·pa·ble play \ˈdi-pə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of dip

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

  2. dipping water from a well

  3. The sun dipped below the horizon.

  4. The road dips over the hill.

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

Origin of dip

Middle English dippen, from Old English dyppan; akin to Old High German tupfen to wash, Lithuanian dubus deep

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with dip




Definition of dip

  1. 1 :  an act of dipping; especially :  a brief plunge into the water for sport or exercise <a quick dip in the pool>

  2. 2 :  inclination downward: a :  pitch b :  a sharp downward course :  drop <a dip in popularity> c :  the angle that a stratum or similar geological feature makes with a horizontal plane

  3. 3 :  the angle formed with the horizon by a magnetic needle free to rotate in the vertical plane

  4. 4 :  hollow, depression <a dip in the road>

  5. 5 :  something obtained by or used in dipping <a dip of ice cream> <a dip of snuff>

  6. 6 a :  a sauce or soft mixture into which food may be dipped <bean dip> b :  a liquid preparation for the dipping of something; especially :  an insecticide or parasiticide for the dipping of animals <a sheep dip>

  7. 7 slang :  pickpocket


First Known Use of dip





Definition of dip

  1. :  a stupid or unsophisticated person

Origin of dip

back-formation from dippy

First Known Use: 1932




Definition of dip

  1. diploma



Definition of DIP

  1. dual in-line package; dual in-line packaging

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