Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dash”

dash

verb  /dæʃ/ us  

dash verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to move quickly: She dashed to the store for some juice. Mary’s always dashing from one meeting to another.

dash verb (HIT)

[I/T] to hit with great force, esp. causing damage: [I] Waves dashed against the cliffs. [T] fig. Hopes of an economic recovery have been dashed (= destroyed) by the latest unemployment statistics.

dash

noun  /dæʃ/ us  

dash noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] a small amount of something added to or mixed with something else: Add a dash of salt to the mixture.

dash noun (LINE)

[C] a short, horizontal mark ( – ) used to separate parts of sentences

dash noun (QUICK MOVE)

[C usually sing] the act of running somewhere quickly: We made a dash for the plane. [C usually sing] A dash is also a race over a short distance: a 50-yard dash
(Definition of dash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dash?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “dash”

Definitions of “dash” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

stampede

When animals or people stampede, they all move quickly in the same direction, often because they are frightened.

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More