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verb [transitive]     dunk pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participledunking
past tensedunked
past participledunked
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  1. 1
    to put something into liquid for a short time before taking it out again
    1. a.
      to put a piece of cake, bread, etc. into a drink before eating it
  2. 2
    American to push someone’s head and shoulders under water as a joke
  3. 3
    to throw the ball downward into the basket during a game of basketball
    See also slam-dunk

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     dunk pronunciation in American English
noun [countable]
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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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