tip

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Noun[change]

Singular
tip

Plural
tips

The red tip of a marker
  1. (countable) The tip of something is the farthest point of it.
    She runs her finger down the bird's back and to the tip of its tail.
    He followed the line on the map with his finger tip.
    She cut herself by accident with the tip of the knife.
    A common fishing accident is to get a rod tip in the eye.
    He grew up not far from the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of South Africa.
  2. (countable) A tip is words or ideas that help you solve a problem.
    Police say anonymous tips have led them to more than 20 of the stolen items.
    Here's a quick tip. The skis should come up to your chin.
  3. (countable) A tip is a small amount of money that you give to somebody to thank them for good service.
  4. (countable) If something is the tip of the iceberg, it is just a small part of something much bigger.
    The problems we've seen today are just the tip of the iceberg.
  5. (countable) If something is on the tip of your tongue, you feel that you know it, but you can't say it.
    I wanted the words to come out; They were on the tip of my tongue, but my mind still wasn't clear.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
tip

Third-person singular
tips

Past tense
tipped

Past participle
tipped

Present participle
tipping

The house has tipped over
A man tips his hat
  1. (transitive & intransitive) If something tips, the top of it moves to one side more than the bottom.
    The piano tipped over as we were putting it on the truck.
    He tipped his head one way, then the other, looking at it carefully.
  2. (transitive) If you tip something into something else, you pour it.
    He tipped the water out of the glass by accident.
  3. (transitive & intransitive) If you tip somebody, you give them money to thank them for good service.
  4. If you tip somebody off, you tell them about something that's going to happen.
    The police were tipped off by a phone call.
  5. (transitive) If you tip your hat, you touch it or pick it up when you meet or leave somebody.
  6. (transitive) If you tip your hat to somebody, you thank or congratulate them.

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