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The concept of being dipole to my understanding relates to polarity; if a molecule is nonpolar, like CH4, then there is no net dipole since the 4 hydrogens are equally pulling on the carbon in all 4 directions. A molecule such as water has a net dipole, as there is a net dipole from the lone pairs upon the oxygen atom. So if a molecule is polar, there is a net dipole, compared to when a molecule is non polar, there is no uneven sharing of electrons or pulling, thus not having a net dipole moment.
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