\ ˈdip How to pronounce dip (audio) \
dipped; dipping; dips

Definition of dip

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : 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 (an animal, such as a sheep or dog) in an antiseptic or parasiticidal solution
2a : to lift a portion of by reaching below the surface with something shaped to hold liquid : ladle
b : to take a portion of (snuff)
3a archaic : involve
b : mortgage
4a : to lower and then raise again dip a flag in salute
b chiefly British : dim sense 1
5 : to place a pinch of (tobacco) between the lip or cheek and gum He quit dipping snuff, his only vice outside of an occasional beer.— John Ed Bradley

intransitive verb

1a : to plunge into a liquid and quickly emerge
b : to immerse something into a processing liquid or finishing material
2a : 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
3 : 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 changedipped into the family's savings
4 : to examine or read something casually or superficially used with into dip into a book
5 : to incline downward from the plane of the horizon
6 : to use dipping tobacco : to place a pinch of tobacco between the lip or cheek and gum Four years ago doctors removed a pre-cancerous lesion on the inside of his lower lip, and he can't quit dipping. His New Year's resolution was to quit. He lasted three days.— Rick Reilly


noun (1)

Definition of dip (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : an act of dipping especially : a brief plunge into the water for sport or exercise a quick dip in the pool
2 : inclination downward:
a : pitch
b : a sharp downward course : drop a dip in popularity
c : the angle that a stratum or similar geologic feature makes with a horizontal plane
3 : the angle formed with the horizon by a magnetic needle free to rotate in the vertical plane
4 : hollow, depression a dip in the road
5 : something obtained by or used in dipping a dip of ice cream a dip of snuff
6a : 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 slang : pickpocket


noun (2)

Definition of dip (Entry 3 of 5)

: a stupid or unsophisticated person

Definition of dip (Entry 4 of 5)


Definition of DIP (Entry 5 of 5)

dual in-line package; dual in-line packaging

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dippable \ ˈdi-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce DIP (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for dip

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Noun (2)

Antonyms: Noun (1)

Antonyms: Noun (2)

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Examples of dip in a Sentence

Verb Use a ladle to dip some water out of the pot. dipping water from a well The sun dipped below the horizon. The road dips over the hill. I saw his head dip below the surface of the water.
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First Known Use of dip


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

Noun (1)

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dip


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

Noun (2)

back-formation from dippy

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

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈdip How to pronounce dip (audio) \
dipped; dipping

Kids Definition of dip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to lower or push briefly into a liquid to wet or coat He dipped a chip in the salsa.
2 : to take out or serve with or as if with a ladle
3 : to lower and quickly raise again : drop or sink and quickly rise again Temperatures dipped below freezing overnight.
4 : to sink out of sight The sun dipped below the horizon.
5 : to slope downward The road dips slightly.



Kids Definition of dip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a short swim
2 : something obtained by or as if by a ladle a dip of ice cream
3 : a sauce into which solid food may be dipped chips and dip
4 : a downward slope a dip in the road
5 : a brief decrease a dip in prices


transitive verb
\ ˈdip How to pronounce dip (audio) \
dipped; dipping

Medical Definition of dip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to immerse (as a sheep or hog) in an antiseptic or parasiticidal solution



Medical Definition of dip (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a liquid preparation of an insecticide, parasiticide, or fungicide which is applied to animals by immersing them in it a sheep dip
2 : a vat or tank in which dip is used



Medical Definition of DIP (Entry 3 of 3)

distal interphalangeal

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