chew


chew
I UK [tʃuː] / US [tʃu] verb
Word forms "chew":
present tense I/you/we/they chew he/she/it chews present participle chewing past tense chewed past participle chewed
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[intransitive/transitive] to use your teeth to bite food in your mouth into small pieces so that you can swallow it

High-fibre foods take longer to chew.

chew on:

He was chewing on his meat as if he found it hard to swallow.

a) [intransitive/transitive] to bite something continuously but not swallow it

We're not allowed to chew gum in class.

b) [transitive] if you chew your nails or your lips, you bite them continuously, especially because you are feeling nervous
Phrasal verbs:
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II UK [tʃuː] / US [tʃu] noun [countable]
Word forms "chew":
singular chew plural chews British
a hard sweet that you have to chew until it is soft enough to swallow

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