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American English: /dɪp/
British English: /dɪp/

Translation of dip in Spanish:

transitive verb present participle dipping past tense, past participle dipped

  • 1to dip something in(to) something
    meter algo en algo
    (into liquid) mojar algo en algo
    he dipped his hand into the bag
    metió la mano en la bolsa
    he dipped his bread in the milk
    mojó el pan en la leche
    dip it in flour
    páselo por harina
    Example sentences
    • Have each child dip his hand in brown paint on press onto one side of the paper.
    • The woman constantly dipped her fingers into water to moisten the flax and keep it from breaking.
    • Thetis gives birth to a son, Achilles, whom she attempts to make immortal by dipping him in the magical waters of the River Styx.
  • 2 (Farming)
    desinfectar (haciendo pasar por un baño)
    Example sentences
    • In particular, we are concerned that some farmers have been using unauthorised chemicals to dip sheep or letting freshly dipped sheep access streams.
    • In fact every sheep, whatever its age, would be dipped in a plunge bath containing the correct solution of a ministry approved scab dip.
    • Twenty-one sheep were dipped to free them from attached ticks, and liberated on the central area.
  • 3 3.1 (lower)
    the ship dipped its flag in salute
    el barco saludó con la bandera
    Example sentences
    • It was as if the plane was dipping its wings in greeting to the 1.25 million people assembled below.
    • The sailors let out a lusty cheer and one of the planes dipped his wings in reply.
    • He dipped his muzzle downwards, slowly, closing his eyes for a brief moment in remnants of a formality that was not welcome.
    3.2 (British) (Motor Vehicles)to dip one's headlights
    poner las (luces) cortas or de cruce
    poner las (luces) bajas (Latin America)
    bajar las luces

intransitive verb present participle dipping past tense, past participle dipped

  • 1 1.1 (decrease)
    Example sentences
    • Yet, there are enough Labour rebels that if the margin of victory dips below the triple digits and gets anywhere close to 50, the pressure on Blair to give way to Brown will be great.
    • Margins will dip slightly ‘below the midpoint of the 50 per cent range’ thanks to increased Flash inventory.
    • The amount may dip to a tiny fraction of a percent if the idea represents a slight improvement in an established product, such as a better knob in a car.
    1.2 (move downward)
    bajar en picada
    bajar en picado (Spain)
    picarse (Mexico)
    the sun dipped below the horizon [literary]
    el sol desapareció or se escondió tras el horizonte
    1.3 (slope)
    Example sentences
    • By the third day on the road, they had fallen into a pleasing routine, switching drivers every couple hours and setting up camp when the sun started dipping below the western horizon.
    • And at long last, the sun finally dipped below the horizon.
    • The sun had dipped below the horizon much earlier, but it was a warm night for the end of September so the carnival stayed busy until its closing at nine o'clock.
  • 2 (choose) [colloquial] [child language]
    echar suertes (al ritmo de una canción infantil)
    Example sentences
    • In A Ward, former mayor Alan Brown, mayor in the late '90s before dipping out at the ‘99 election, is back in the saddle.
    • Commentators sympathised with Capriati, saying she had an unfortunate habit of getting close in the big ones, then dipping out.
    • The loser is likely to dip out of the eight with one round left to play.
    Example sentences
    • Crime reduction leaflets had also been distributed, warning people about leaving doors unlocked, purse dipping and car key burglaries.
    • The second pair again one was the getter-in-the-way standing right by the doors so that other passengers had to stand that much closer to his mate who did the pocket dipping.
    • The difficulty of dipping a pocket mainly depends on how tight it is, and front pockets are often looser than hip pockets.


  • 1 (swim) [colloquial] (no plural) to take a dip
    darse un chapuzón [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Now swimming of course can be anything; it could mean going down to the beach and having a bit of a dip, doing lap swimming, or just throwing yourself into the water occasionally.
    • We enjoyed a sandy off-road diversion and the briefest of dips in the North Atlantic, with its warming Gulf Stream magic.
    • You can enjoy a complimentary dip in the pool plus a glass of draught beer, and kids can have soft drinks and snacks.
  • 2 (Farming)
    baño (masculine) desinfectante
    Example sentences
    • Keep the sheep immersed in the dip for one minute or as recommended by the manufacturer.
    • But if cypermethrin in the dip leaks into local burns, it can kill insects and fish.
    • Hydro-carbon compounds in the dip would cause plastic containers to bulge and explode.
  • 3 countable (depression, hollow)
    Example sentences
    • Just after the bottom of the hill however we slammed into a slight dip in the slope.
    • Leaving the road, they climbed another hill and found a small dip at the bottom that would be good for sleeping.
    • Rainwater routinely collects in a dip under Waddington Road Bridge during extreme weather because of drainage problems.
    Example sentences
    • That causes a curvature of the light path, which reduces the dip (usually by about 7%).
    • As the resolution of the normal eye in broad daylight is about one minute of arc, this dip is an easily visible angle.
    • When the fore and back horizons are brought into line, the sextant reading is twice the angle of dip, assuming that the sextant is free from index error.
  • 4 countable 4.1 (in sales, production)
    Example sentences
    • Cheung's external stillness demonstrates just how she is able to convey a range of tamped-down emotions with the merest of movements - a dip of the head, a sashay of the hips.
    • With a quick dip of his left wing he easily dodged the shots aimed for him.
    • If we were in too much of a hurry to come down, we would greet you with a friendly dip of the wing.
    also: magnetic dip
    4.3 (Geology)
    also: angle of dip
    buzamiento (masculine)
    ángulo (masculine) de inclinación
    Example sentences
    • This is due to poor exposure, shallow dip of the strata, and relatively few stratigraphic wells.
    • Whatever their origin, polygonal fault systems become less isotropic with increase in regional dip and are truly polygonal only when the regional dip is near horizontal.
    • It is now commonly accepted that the dip of the steeper part of a listric normal fault is approximately 60 deg.
  • 5 uncountable and countable (Cooking)
    (salsa para acompañar los diferentes bocaditos que se sirven con el aperitivo, en una fiesta etc)
    Example sentences
    • We began with salmon roll sushi which was presented with the Wasabe and soy sauce dip.
    • The kids, meanwhile, munched happily on a pizza (frozen variety), pasta with tomato sauce and chips with a garlic mayonnaise dip.
    • The chickpea croquettes called falafel and the ever-popular chickpea dip, hummus, are both very good.

Phrasal verbs

dip into

verb + preposition + object
echar mano de
leer por encima
estudiar superficialmente
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