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American English: /ˈdæbəl/
British English: /ˈdab(ə)l/

transitive verb

  • we dabbled our hands/feet in the river
    chapoteamos en el río
    Example sentences
    • Clair and Misha dabble their feet in the swimming pool, pondering last night's debate.
    • She dabbled her toes in the reflective water below, as he came and sat down beside her.
    • I was too tired to eat properly, but we made the best of it and finished off with a walk along the beach, where I dabbled my digits in the warm waters of the Pacific.

intransitive verb

  • to dabble in somethingto dabble in politics/journalism
    tener escarceos con la política/el periodismo
    to dabble on the stock exchange
    Example sentences
    • Looking back over the many extracurricular activities that our children have dabbled in at different stages, nothing has enriched their lives more than music.
    • Those who offer self-publishing services to authors who would otherwise remain unknown are naturally keen to point out that many writers who are now household names have at one time or another dabbled in self-publishing.
    • It's astounding that, at 24 years of age, the stand-up comic has already dabbled in more professions than most people attempt in a lifetime.
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