Meaning of “dip” in the English Dictionary

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uk /dɪp/ us /dɪp/ -pp-

dip verb (PUT INTO LIQUID)

B2 [ T ] to put something into a liquid for a short time:

Dip the fish in the batter, then drop it into the hot oil.
She dipped her toe into the pool to see how cold it was.

[ T ] to put sheep for a short time into a container of liquid containing chemicals that kill harmful insects on the sheep's bodies

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dip verb (DROP)

B2 [ I ] to go down to a lower level:

As you turn the corner, the road dips suddenly.
The sun dipped below the horizon.
House prices dipped in the first three months of the year.

[ T ] UK to make the beam from the lights at the front of a vehicle point down:

You'll dazzle oncoming drivers if you don't dip your headlights.


uk /dɪp/ us /dɪp/

dip noun (LIQUID)

[ C or U ] a cold, thick sauce that you eat by dipping pieces of uncooked vegetable or biscuits, etc. into it

[ C or U ] a special liquid used for cleaning, etc.:

a silver dip
sheep dip

(Definition of “dip” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dip" in American English

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us /dɪp/ -pp-

dip verb (PUT INTO LIQUID)

[ T ] to put something briefly into a liquid:

He dipped his doughnut in the coffee.

dip verb (DROP)

[ I ] to go down to a lower level; become less or lower:

Beans and lettuce may suffer if temperatures dip below freezing.
Stock market prices dipped slightly, losing four points.

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us /dɪp/

dip noun (DROP)

[ C usually sing ] a small drop in the amount or level of something:

After the yellow house, there’s a dip in the road.

dip noun (FOOD)

[ C ] a thick sauce you can put crackers, raw vegetables, etc., into before eating them.

[ C ] A dip is also a quick swim:

He took a dip in the pool.

(Definition of “dip” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dip" in Business English

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dipverb [ I ]

uk /dɪp/ us -pp-

to go down to a lower level, often by a small amount or for a short time:

House prices are likely to dip in the first three months of the year.
dip from sth to sth Employment gains dipped from 2.6% to only 1.7%.
Group sales dipped by 4% last quarter.
dip a/your toe into sth

to start very carefully to do or become involved in something that you are not experienced at:

Ordinary investors need to feel they are getting a good deal when they dip their toes into the stock market.
If you are keen to dip your toes into European funds, there are a number to choose from.
dip into your pocket informal

to spend some of your money on something:

She admitted that she had been forced to dip into her own pocket to make up a funding shortfall.

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dipnoun [ C ]

uk /dɪp/ us

a reduction in something, or the fact of something moving to a lower level:

The dip in revenue does not mean the industry's several-year winning streak is coming to an end.
The newspaper is reporting the third straight monthly dip in advertising.
suffer/experience a dip Nearly all of our members have experienced a dip in their business this year.
a sharp/slight dip

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(Definition of “dip” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)