Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

dish - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb dish pronunciation in British English /dɪʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledishing
past tensedished
past participledished
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

phrasal verbs

dish out

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydish out
he/she/itdishes out
present participledishing out
past tensedished out
past participledished out
  1. 1
    informal to give things to a number of people
    Some doctors are dishing out drugs their patients do not need.
  2. 2
    to serve food
    He was dishing out a chicken stew.

dish up

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydish up
he/she/itdishes up
present participledishing up
past tensedished up
past participledished up
  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to gossip or share personal information with someone; used mainly in American English
    Jennifer Aniston dishes on her engagement and upcoming film.
    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/11/2014


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog