Definition of “tip” - English Dictionary

“tip” in British English

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tipverb

uk /tɪp/ us /tɪp/ -pp-

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 US dump 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.

tipnoun [ C ]

uk /tɪp/ us /tɪp/

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:

She gave me a useful/helpful/valuable/practical tip about/for growing tomatoes.
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).

More examples

  • Freezing the butter was a useful tip.
  • He gave me some tips about the best way to catch trout.
  • Have you got any tips for a new journalist?
  • Let me give you a tip: she likes flattery.
  • Layla gave me some tips about the best places to visit.

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.

More examples

  • The average cost of a full three-course meal - appetizer, main course and dessert - including tip and a modest wine is about $25.
  • She had to give the doorman a tip before he would help her with her suitcases.
  • Should I give the driver a tip?

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

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

“tip” in American English

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tipnoun [ C ]

us /tɪp/

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.

tipverb [ I/T ]

us /tɪp/

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.

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

“tip” in Business English

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tipnoun [ C ]

uk /tɪp/ us

a useful piece of information or advice:

Our 50 tips show you how to navigate your computer system from startup to shutdown.
a tip for (doing) sth Here are our top tips for achieving success as a freelancer.
a tip on/about sth The book offers some useful tips on investing in real estate.
The Business Link site gives tips on setting up your own business.
find/get tips You can find tips on our website for ways to protect your home.

FINANCE advice to buy or sell particular shares:

share/stock tips Investors should take stock tips with a pinch of salt.

COMMERCE an amount of money given by a customer to someone who has provided a service, especially in a hotel or restaurant:

give/leave a tip Different countries have different customs when it comes to leaving tips.
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tipverb

uk /tɪp/ us -pp-

[ T, usually passive ] to say that someone or something is likely to do something or to be successful:

be tipped to do sth The UK's leading energy company is tipped to become a partner in the Siberian gasfield.
tip sb/sth to do sth Analysts are tipping her to be the next chairperson of the committee.
be tipped as sth The transport company is being tipped as a possible takeover target.
be tipped for sth He is being tipped for a possible job in the US treasury.

[ T ] FINANCE to advise someone to buy shares:

They were accused of gross misconduct for tipping shares that they owned.
The shares were looking cheap and had been strongly tipped.

[ I or T ] COMMERCE to give a small amount of money to someone who has provided a service, especially in a hotel or restaurant:

He is mean with money and never tips.
Is it customary to tip taxi drivers in your country?
tip sb £1/$5/10% etc. He carried her bag and she tipped him $2.

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