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Definition of "slip" []

  • To move smoothly, easily, and quietly: slipped into bed. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move stealthily; steal. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pass gradually, easily, or imperceptibly: "It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by” ( Vita Sackville-West). (verb-intransitive)
  • To slide involuntarily and lose one's balance or foothold. See Synonyms at slide. (verb-intransitive)
  • To slide out of place; shift position: The gear slipped. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "slip" in a sentence
  • "He tried to recall the word infection, chided himself for letting so crucial a term slip from his memory."
  • "Mom muttered, “Watch your language, Poppy,” her programmed response any time I let a curse word slip out in her presence."
  • "Our acclimatization to such metaphorical wars lets the use of the term slip past our censors without real scrutiny of the implications."