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We talk about dipoles as a way to explain the differences in charges between parts of a molecule relative to the distance between them. This is used to illustrate that there is a subtle distortion/ attraction of electrons towards whatever part has a partial negative charge.
Also, atoms with dipole moments typically result in a polar covalent bond, unless the atoms in a molecule are arranged in a way where the dipole moments cancel out, such as CCl4, in which case the molecule becomes nonpolar.
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