Meaning of DIP in English

I. dip 1 /dɪp/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle dipped , present participle dipping )

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: dyppan ]

1 . PUT SOMETHING IN LIQUID [transitive] to put something into a liquid and lift it out again

dip something in/into something

He dipped his hand in the water.

Dip the strawberries into melted chocolate.

2 . MOVE DOWN [intransitive and transitive] to move down, or to make something move down, usually for just a short time:

We watched the sun dip below the horizon.

She dipped her head and spoke into the microphone.

3 . BECOME LESS [intransitive] if an amount or level dips, it becomes less, usually for just a short time SYN fall :

Profits dipped slightly last year.

Temperatures dipped to –10°C last night.

4 . ROAD/PATH [countable] if land or a road or path dips, it slopes down and then goes up again

5 . dip your headlights/lights British English to lower the angle of the front lights of your car when someone is driving towards you

6 . ANIMALS [transitive] to put animals in a chemical that kills insects on their skin

⇨ ↑ skinny-dipping

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■ to put something into a liquid

▪ dip to put something into a liquid for a very short time and take it out again:

She dipped her hand in the water to see how hot it was.


Prawns are delicious dipped in a spicy sauce.

▪ plunge to put something quickly, firmly, and deeply into a liquid:

Plunge the pasta into a pan of boiling water.


I had to plunge my arm in up to the elbow to reach the keys.

▪ dunk to put something such as a piece of bread or cake into a hot drink or soup before eating it:

I love biscuits dunked in coffee.

▪ immerse to put something deep into a liquid so that it is completely covered:

If the plant’s leaves look dry, immerse the roots in water for a while.

dip into something phrasal verb

1 . to read short parts of a book, magazine etc, but not the whole thing:

It’s the kind of book you can dip into now and again.

2 . to use some of an amount of money that you have:

Medical bills forced her to dip into her savings.

Parents are being asked to dip into their pockets for new school books (=use their own money to pay for them) .

3 . to put your hand into a bag or box in order to take out one of the things inside:

On her lap was a bag of candy which she kept dipping into.

II. dip 2 BrE AmE noun

1 . SWIM [countable] informal a quick swim:

Are you coming in for a dip?

take/have a dip

Let’s take a dip in the lake.

2 . DECREASE [countable] a slight decrease in the amount of something

dip in

an unexpected dip in profits

3 . FOOD [uncountable and countable] a thick mixture that you can dip food into before you eat it:

sour cream and onion dip

4 . IN A SURFACE [countable] a place where the surface of something goes down suddenly, then goes up again

dip in

a dip in the road

5 . FOR ANIMALS [uncountable and countable] a chemical that kills insects on sheep and other animals:

sheep dip

6 . PERSON [countable] American English spoken a stupid person

7 . a dip into something a quick look at information, a book, magazine etc:

People interested in history would enjoy a dip into this book.

⇨ ↑ lucky dip

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.