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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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