(the "a" is like in "apple")
Part of speech:
"Dabble" can be an intransitive verb: you dabble, or you dabble in something.
It can also be transitive: you dabble something, or you dabble something in something else.
Literally, to dabble is to get just a little bit wet by splashing around a little. Figuratively, if you dabble, or if you dabble in an activity or interest, it means you get involved in it just a little bit, as if you're just having some quick fun with it instead of getting seriously involved or seriously skilled in it.
dabbled, dabbling, dabbler
How to use it:
Talk about someone dabbling in something, especially when you want to show that this person isn't seriously dedicated to something. You can talk about dabblers to emphasize that they're just hobbyists, not professionals, or you can emphasize that they are unskilled or only have a very basic knowledge of the activity or interest.
Tim, a banker, also dabbles in fiction and has self-published a mystery novel.
Diane has been producing studio art for decades and is certainly no dabbler.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "dabble" means when you can explain it without saying "little bit" or "involve."
Think of a hobby you used to have, and fill in the blanks: "I used to dabble in _____, but now _____."
Example: "I used to dabble in foreign languages, but now I don't have enough time for it."
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A Point Well Made:
Dr. Seuss: "I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
1. The opposite of DABBLE is
C. KEEP SILENT
2. As a dabbler in carpentry, I _____.
A. invested in a full complement of expensive tools
B. learned quite a lot through my errors on the first few projects
C. made a fairly good living by creating fine furniture for many repeat clients
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