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verb dab pronunciation in British English /dæb/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydab
he/she/itdabs
present participledabbing
past tensedabbed
past participledabbed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to touch a surface gently several times with something such as a piece of cloth, in order to make it clean or dry
    Remove the stain by carefully dabbing it with a cloth.
    dab at: Marge dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to quickly put small amounts of a substance on a surface
    Dab some lotion onto the affected area.
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