1 verb dipped, dipping
1 (T) to put something into a liquid and quickly lift it out again: Dip your finger in the batter and taste it.
2 (I) to go downwards: We watched the sun dip below the horizon.
3 dip your headlights/lights BrE to lower the angle of the front lights of your car, especially when someone is driving towards you; dim 2 (3) AmE
4 (T) to make animals go through a bath containing a chemical that kills insects on their skin
—see also: skinny­dipping dip into sth phrasal verb (T)
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: dip into your savings: Medical bills forced her to dip into her savings. | dip into your pocket (=pay for something with your own money): Parents are being asked to dip into their pockets for new school books.
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.
2 noun
1 SWIM (C) informal a quick swim: Are you coming in for a dip? | have/take a dip: They've decided to take a dip in the lake before lunch.
2 DECREASE (C) a slight decrease in the amount of something: an unexpected dip in profits
3 IN A SURFACE (C) a place where the surface of something goes down suddenly, then goes up again: a dip in the road
4 FOOD (C, U) a thick mixture that you can dip food into before you eat it: sour cream and onion dip
5 FOR ANIMALS (C, U) a liquid that contains a chemical which kills insects on sheep and other animals
6 PERSON (C) AmE spoken a stupid person
—see also: lucky dip

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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