English verb: dabble
|1.||dabble (motion) dip a foot or hand briefly into a liquid|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something PP|
|Broader (hypernym)||dip, douse, dunk, plunge, souse|
|2.||dabble (social) play in or as if in water, as of small children|
|Synonyms||paddle, splash around|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s.|
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP
|3.||dabble (social) work with in an amateurish manner|
|Samples||She dabbles in astronomy.|
He plays around with investments but he never makes any money.
|Synonyms||play around, smatter|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----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|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s|