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English verb: dabble

1. dabble (motion) dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)dip, douse, dunk, plunge, souse

2. dabble (social) play in or as if in water, as of small children

Synonymspaddle, splash around

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)play

3. dabble (social) work with in an amateurish manner

SamplesShe dabbles in astronomy.
He plays around with investments but he never makes any money.

Synonymsplay around, smatter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)busy, occupy

4. dabble (motion) bob forward and under so as to feed off the bottom of a body of water

SamplesDabbling ducks.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)bob

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