dish

noun
\ ˈdish How to pronounce dish (audio) \
plural dishes

Definition of dish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a more or less concave vessel from which food is served
b : the contents of a dish a dish of strawberries
c dishes : all the things (such as plates, utensils, glasses, and pots) that are used to prepare, serve, or eat a meal dishes piled in the sink We washed the dinner dishes.
2a : food prepared in a particular way
b : something one particularly enjoys : cup of tea
3a(1) : any of various shallow concave vessels broadly : anything shallowly concave
(2) : a directional receiver having a concave usually parabolic reflector especially : one used as a microwave or radar antenna
b : the state of being concave or the degree of concavity
4a : something that is favored entertainment that is just his dish
b : an attractive or sexy person
5 : gossip sense 2a the latest dish

dish

verb
dished; dishing; dishes

Definition of dish (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put (something, such as food for serving) into a dish often used with up
2 : present usually used with up
3 : to make concave like a dish
4 : to disclose or discuss especially publicly dish the dirt
5 : to pass (a basketball) to a teammate often used with off

intransitive verb

1 : gossip also : to disclose private or personal information
2 : to pass a basketball to a teammate often used with off

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Synonyms for dish

Synonyms: Noun

vessel

Synonyms: Verb

blab, gossip, talk, tattle, wag

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Examples of dish in a Sentence

Noun

a small dish of ice cream Each person made a dish for the potluck supper. The restaurant serves some of my favorite dishes. We piled all the dishes in the sink after dinner. Will you wash the breakfast dishes, please? a sink full of dirty dishes

Verb

The two of them are always dishing about their coworkers. for someone who claims to mind her own business, she sure knows how to dish
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Using a plastic container to store your food and then another dish to serve it? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Won't Need Any Plastic Containers With This Space-Saving Fridge Hack," 27 Feb. 2019 Both Harry and Meghan tasted different dishes and even drank soup from a bowl. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Carolina Herrera to Meet the King of Morocco with Prince Harry," 25 Feb. 2019 Spicy dishes and gassy foods (such as broccoli or cauliflower) are often avoided, but are actually A-OK to enjoy, per Korean research. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 Instead of a giant mirror or radio dish, LIGO features two long tunnels that run for miles at right angles to each other. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory Getting $30 Million Upgrade," 15 Feb. 2019 Drawers are also great for shapeless items that can’t be neatly lined up on a shelf, like bags of chips or dish towels, and for organizing items of varying heights by utilizing a drawer-within-a-drawer system. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Pantry," 11 Feb. 2019 In the dishes filled with antibiotic, however, most of the microbes were having a picnic. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 But, a handful of mixologists like Sisti believe cocktails can be as if not more impactful because its raw components can be tweaked to match those of a chef's dish. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 The Kepler team relies on NASA's Deep Space Network to catch the incoming data and must share this system of big radio dishes with other agency missions. Mike Wall, Space.com, "NASA's Kepler Planet-Hunting Space Telescope Wakes Up Again," 13 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

People travel far and wide to visit the bakery where Carrie Bradshaw dished on her love life while eating a $4 cupcake. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Carrie Bradshaw's Favorite Bakery Is Giving Away Cupcakes for Sex and the City's 20th Anniversary," 31 May 2018 Even when football isn't on, Bridget has been busy dishing up even more inspiration to make this weekend—or any other day, for that matter. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's How Bridget Moynahan Cheers on the Patriots and Her Ex Tom Brady on Game Day," 2 Feb. 2019 Manufacturers are dishing up kitchen options in a new rainbow of hues. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 Japan and Belgium have dished up another World Cup classic for us on Monday night, with Roberto Martinez's Red Devils producing one of the great comebacks in the history of the competition. SI.com, "Mad, Mad, Mad: Twitter Melts Down as Belgium and Japan Give Us a World Cup Classic," 2 July 2018 San Diego restaurants are dishing up a variety of specials on Father’s Day. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Skip the tie: 45 Father's Day dining specials in San Diego County," 9 June 2018 There’s no shortage of beach chairs, the best seats in the house are waiting at top-notch restaurants and hotels are dishing up deals. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer's on sale at luxurious Caribbean resorts," 15 May 2018 With three locations in metro Atlanta (Marietta, Midtown and Sandy Springs) — is once again dishing up a summer of culinary adventures, helping kids learn their way in the kitchen. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "A guide to great summer camps in metro Atlanta," 3 May 2018 Opened in October 2017, this cozy eatery dishes up creatively inspired food in a casual modern setting. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona's best Mexican restaurants: Tacos and more from Flagstaff to Tucson to Yuma," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of dish

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dish

Noun

Middle English, from Old English disc plate, from Latin discus quoit, disk, dish, from Greek diskos, from dikein to throw

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The first known use of dish was before the 12th century

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dish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a shallow container that you cook or serve food in specifically : a shallow bowl
: the food served in a dish
: food that is prepared in a particular way

dish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dish (Entry 2 of 2)

slang : to talk about the personal life of someone else

dish

noun
\ ˈdish How to pronounce dish (audio) \

Kids Definition of dish

1 : a usually round shallow container used for cooking or serving food
2 dishes plural : all items (as plates and silverware) used for cooking and eating food Would you dry the dishes?
3 : the food in a container for serving or eating a dish of strawberries
4 : food that is prepared in a particular way an Italian dish
5 : a round shallow object a radar dish

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