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English definition of “chew”

chew

verb [I or T]     /tʃuː/
B2 to crush food into smaller, softer pieces with the teeth so that it can be swallowed: This meat is difficult to chew. You don't chew your food enough - that's why you get indigestion.Biting, chewing and swallowingEating B2 to bite something with your teeth, usually in order to taste its flavour: Would you like some gum to chew? She gave the children some sweets to chew (on) during the long car journey. She sat in the dentist's waiting room, nervously chewing (at) (= biting) her nails.Biting, chewing and swallowingEating
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