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tip

verb uk   /tɪp/ (-pp-) us  

tip verb (ONE SIDE HIGHER)

C2 [I or T] to (cause to) move so that one side is higher than another side: The table tipped and all our drinks fell on the floor. If you put too many books on one end of the shelf, it'll tip up. Don't tip your chair back like that, you'll fall. tip the scales at to weigh: The baby tipped the scales at 3.75 kg.

tip verb (POUR)

C2 [T usually + adv/prep] UK to pour a substance from one container into another or onto a surface: She tipped the contents of her purse out onto the table. He tipped his breakfast cereal into a bowl. The child picked up the box and tipped the toys out all over the floor. be tipping (it) down UK informal When it is tipping it down, a lot of rain is falling: We won't be able to go to the beach today - it's tipping it down.

tip verb (END)

[T usually passive] to cover the end of something pointed with a liquid, a colour, etc.: The giraffe was killed with a spear that had been tipped with poison.

tip verb (PAYMENT)

[I or T] to give someone who has provided you with a service an extra amount of money to thank them: The taxi driver was so rude to her that she didn't tip him. [+ two objects] They tipped the waiter £5.

tip verb (INFORMATION)

[T often passive] mainly UK to say that someone is likely to be successful or achieve something: He is being tipped as the next prime minister. [+ to infinitive] Davis is being tipped to win the championship.

tip verb (RUBBISH)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] UK (US also dump) to get rid of rubbish by putting it in a place where it should not be: A lot of waste is being tipped into the sea. The sign by the side of the road said "No tipping".

tip

noun [C] uk   /tɪp/ us  

tip noun [C] (INFORMATION)

B1 a useful piece of information, especially about how to do something or about the likely winner of a race or competition: gardening/cooking/sewing tips She gave me a useful/helpful/valuable/practical tip about/for growing tomatoes. Our racing correspondent has the following tips for the 3.15 and the 3.45 at Newmarket (= thinks that particular horses will be the winners in those races). I've got a hot tip for you (= I can tell you about a particular likely winner of a race or competition, or give you a valuable piece of information).

tip noun [C] (PAYMENT)

B1 a small amount of money given to someone who has provided you with a service, in addition to the official payment and for their personal use: a 15 percent tip He gave the porter a tip. We don't need to leave a tip for the waiter, because there's a service charge included in the bill.

tip noun [C] (END)

C1 the usually pointed end of something, especially something that is long and thin: We had asparagus tips for dinner. If I stand on the tips of my toes, I can just reach the top shelf. The Keys are coral islands off the southern tip of Florida. There's paint on the tip of your nose. a small part fitted to the end of something, especially something that is long and thin: a walking cane with a metal tip the filter tip of a cigarette

tip noun [C] (RUBBISH)

C2 UK (US also UK dump) a place where especially large pieces of rubbish can be taken and left: a rubbish/waste tip We need to take this old carpet to the tip.UK informal This room is a complete/absolute/real tip (= is very untidy) - tidy it up at once.
(Definition of tip from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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