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English noun: dip

1. dip (shape) a depression in an otherwise level surface

SamplesThere was a dip in the road.

Broader (hypernym)depression, impression, imprint

2. dip (shape) (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

Synonymsangle of dip, inclination, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination

Broader (hypernym)angle

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. dip (person) a thief who steals from the pockets or purses of others in public places

Synonymscutpurse, pickpocket

Broader (hypernym)stealer, thief

4. dip (food) tasty mixture or liquid into which bite-sized foods are dipped

Broader (hypernym)condiment

Narrower (hyponym)bean dip, cheese dip, clam dip, guacamole

5. dip (event) a brief immersion

Broader (hypernym)immersion, submergence, submerging, submersion

6. dip (attribute) a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

SamplesA drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index.
There was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery.
A dip in prices.
When that became known the price of their stock went into free fall.

Synonymsdrop, fall, free fall

Broader (hypernym)decrease, decrement

Narrower (hyponym)correction, voltage drop

7. dip (artifact) a candle that is made by repeated dipping in a pool of wax or tallow

Broader (hypernym)candle, taper, wax light

8. dip (act) a brief swim in water


Broader (hypernym)swim, swimming

9. dip (act) a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms

Broader (hypernym)gymnastic exercise

English verb: dip

1. dip (contact) immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

SamplesDip the garment into the cleaning solution.
Dip the brush into the paint.

Synonymsdouse, dunk, plunge, souse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)immerse, plunge

Narrower (hyponym)dabble, dip, douse, duck, sop

2. dip (consumption) dip into a liquid while eating

SamplesShe dunked the piece of bread in the sauce.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)eat

3. dip (change) go down momentarily

SamplesPrices dipped.

ExamplesThe stock market is going to dip

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, go down, wane

4. dip (change) stain an object by immersing it in a liquid

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)stain

5. dip (possession) take a small amount from

SamplesI had to dip into my savings to buy him this present.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)draw, draw off, take out, withdraw

6. dip (perception) switch (a car's headlights) from a higher to a lower beam


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change intensity

7. dip (motion) lower briefly

SamplesShe dipped her knee.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down

8. dip (motion) appear to move downward

SamplesThe sun dipped below the horizon.
The setting sun sank below the tree line.

ExamplesThe moon will soon dip


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

Broader (hypernym)decline

Narrower (hyponym)subside

9. dip (motion) slope downwards

SamplesOur property dips towards the river.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)incline, pitch, slope

10. dip (motion) dip into a liquid

SamplesHe dipped into the pool.

Synonymsdouse, duck

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

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

11. dip (creation) place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff

12. dip (contact) immerse in a disinfectant solution

SamplesDip the sheep.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)immerse, plunge

13. dip (contact) plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container

SamplesHe dipped into his pocket.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)immerse, plunge

14. dip (contact) scoop up by plunging one's hand or a ladle below the surface

SamplesDip water out of a container.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lift out, scoop, scoop out, scoop up, take up

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