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verb clip pronunciation in American English /klɪp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclipping
past tenseclipped
past participleclipped
  1. 1
    [transitive] to fasten one thing to another using a small object

    He collected up the papers and clipped them together.

    Clip the microphone to your shirt.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be fastened to something using a small object
      clip to/onto:

      a safety harness that clips onto your belt

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to be pressed, or to press something, into position so that it makes a quick loud sound

    Clip the cap over the camera lens.

    The lid just clips back on.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to cut off small parts of something in order to make it neat

    I asked him to clip the hedge.

    a device for clipping your nails

    1. a.
      to remove something by cutting

      a story clipped from the newspaper

  4. 4
    [transitive] to hit something accidentally while passing it

    The plane lost control, clipping power cables as it fell.

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  5. 5
    [transitive] to reduce a score or quantity by a small amount

    She clipped 7 seconds off her personal best for the 10,000 meters.


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