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verb tip pronunciation in British English /tɪp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletipping
past tensetipped
past participletipped
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  1. 1



    tip over

    [intransitive/transitive] to fall, or to make something fall
    The cart came round 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
    [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 bucket.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to put something into a position that is at an angle rather than upright
    The dog tipped her head to one side.
    He tipped his chair back and looked at me.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move into a position that is at an angle
  4. 4
    [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%.
  5. 5
    [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.
  6. 6
    [intransitive/transitive] British to take rubbish somewhere and leave it there
  7. 7
    [transitive] to hit something very gently
    His bat just tipped the ball.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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