dab Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “dab” in the English Dictionary

"dab" in British English

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dabverb [I or T]

uk   us   /dæb/ (-bb-)
to ​touch something with ​quicklighttouches, or to put a ​substance on something with ​quicklighttouches: She dabbed at her ​eyes with a ​tissue. She dabbed a little ​perfume behind her ​ears.

dabnoun [C]

uk   us   /dæb/
a ​smallamount of a ​substance, or a ​lighttouch: Can't you just put a dab ofpaint over the ​mark and ​cover it up? I'll give that ​stain a ​quick dab with a ​wetcloth.

DABnoun [U]

uk   us   /diː.eɪˈbiː/
abbreviation for digital audio broadcasting
(Definition of dab from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dabverb [I/T]

 us   /dæb/ (-bb-)
to ​touch something ​lightly and ​quickly, usually ​repeatedly: [I] He dabbed at his ​eyes with a ​tissue. If you dab something on a ​surface, you put a ​smallamount of something on it: [T] She dabbed a little ​perfume on her ​wrists.

dabnoun [C]

 us   /dæb/
a ​smallamount of a ​substance: a dab of ​lipstick
(Definition of dab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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