: to immerse something into a processing liquid or finishing material
: to suddenly drop down or out of sight
of an airplane: to drop suddenly before climbing
: to decline or decrease moderately and usually temporarily
: to lower the body momentarily especially as part of an athletic or dancing motion
: 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
: to examine or read something casually or superficially—used with into
dip into a book
: to incline downward from the plane of the horizon
: 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
US slang: to leave especially suddenly or prematurely
I didn't know anyone at the party so I dipped.
—often used with out
On Saturday night, as I'm dipping out early on the decidedly tame afterparty …, I pass one of the models hired by E11even, the Miami nightclub.—Zoë Bernard
Some actors dip out and pursue a new career while they're young, and others keep going until they can no longer find roles that interest them.—Kristen Harris
Among the diverse crop of winners was Doja Cat, who took home her first ever Grammy in the pop category—which she had to sprint back to accept after dipping out of the gala for a bathroom break.—trtworld.com
"He's been there for me through my darkest times. I'm not just gonna dip out and abandon him when he needs me most."—Dillon Passage, quoted at vanityfair.com
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Swift’s fourth re-recording project dips 1-2 on the national tally.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 The entire island has become a popular spot for New Year's Eve celebrations, and really, who could blame you for wanting to escape the cold for a warm-weather goodbye to 2023, as the temperatures on St. Croix hover in the 80s during the day, and dip just to the mid-70s at night.—Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 The price on this screen often dips under $100; this is a few dollars lower than usual.—Nena Farrell, WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 Slice cleanly: For the cleanest slices, dip your knife in hot water and wipe off between cuts.—John Somerall, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 Each bullet was dipped nose down into this lubricant, so that the two grease grooves were filled.—Outdoor Life, 23 Nov. 2023 Drizzle it in eggs, add it to a sandwich, or use it as a dipping sauce for chicken wings — there are no rules.—Olivia Muenter, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 The minutes have dipped to 21.3 per game, along with points (4.5), field-goal percentage (33.3), rebounds (2.0) and free-throw percentage (28.5).—Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2023 Yet, as the sun dips below the horizon, the beach’s dynamic atmosphere transforms into a lively nightlife scene.—Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2023
In October 2023, the median rent in America’s 50 biggest metros was approximately $1,750 per month, a $30 dip from last year.—Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 27 Nov. 2023 Others seized on the chance to get a night of uninterrupted sleep, stock up on supplies or take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.—Vivian Yee, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 The dip in offense doesn’t make the game any less compelling, according to Kendle.—Jasmine Cui, NBC News, 19 Nov. 2023 Summertime hikers can cool off with a dip in a secluded bay, or swim and snorkel by the rocks of Dialiskari.—Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Nov. 2023 The one-county region around Washington has seen air quality dip into the Code Yellow or moderate range.—Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 As a bonus for the hostess this dip can be made up to two days ahead of time.—Angela Brassinga, Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 34 of 50 Hot Cheesy Crab Dip
Put this bubbling-hot throwback dip out for a Christmas appetizer, and watch everyone swoop in.—Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 15 Nov. 2023 Yes, like dip or gel, but nope, there’s no UV lamp involved.—Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English dippen, from Old English dyppan; akin to Old High German tupfen to wash, Lithuanian dubus deep