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verb American English pronunciation: tip /tɪp/ 
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I/you/we/theytip
he/she/ittips
present participletipping
past tensetipped
past participletipped
 
  1. 1

    tip

    or

    tip over

    [intransitive/transitive] to fall, or to make something fall

    Be careful that vase doesn't tip.

    The cart came around the corner too fast and tipped onto its side.

    He tipped the table on top of them and ran out of the restaurant.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to give someone a small amount of money in addition to what you owe for a service

    Don't forget to tip the driver.

    I usually tip 15%.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to put something into a position that is at an angle instead of upright

    The dog tipped her head to one side.

    He tipped his chair back and looked at me.

  4. 4
    [transitive] [usually passive] to say who you think will get a particular job or be successful at something
    tip someone/something to do something:

    He is tipped to take over from the current chairman.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to pour something from one place or container into another
    tip something into/onto etc. something:

    He tipped the juice into our glasses.

    She tipped the sand out of her pail.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to hit something very gently

    His bat just tipped the ball.

  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] British to dump garbage

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