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English definition of “tip”

tip

noun [C]  /tɪp/ us  

tip noun [C] (END)

the pointed end of something: The tip of the cat’s tail is white. She has a house on the western tip of the island.

tip noun [C] (INFORMATION)

a useful piece of information or advice, esp. something secret or not generally known: She gave me some helpful gardening tips. Acting on a tip, the police arrested most of the smugglers.

tip noun [C] (MONEY)

a small amount of money you give to someone for service, in addition to the amount being charged: "That guy didn’t bother to leave a tip," the waitress said disgustedly.

tip

verb [I/T]  /tɪp/ us  

tip verb [I/T] (LEAN)

(-pp-) to lean to one side, or to cause something to lean to one side: [T] She tipped the umbrella to keep the sun off the picnic table.

tip verb [I/T] (FALL OVER)

to fall or turn over, or to cause something to fall or turn over: [I] If everyone sits on one side of the boat, it will tip (over).

tip verb [I/T] (PAY)

(-pp-) to give money to someone for service which is in addition to the amount being charged: [T] He tipped the porter generously.
Phrasal verbs
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