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"chew" in British English

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chewverb [I or T]

uk   us   /tʃuː/
B2 to ​crushfood into ​smaller, ​softerpieces with the ​teeth so that it can be ​swallowed: This ​meat is ​difficult to chew. You don't chew ​yourfood enough - that's why you get ​indigestion.B2 to ​bite something with ​yourteeth, usually in ​order to ​tasteitsflavour: Would you like some ​gum to chew? She gave the ​children some ​sweets to chew (on) during the ​longcarjourney. She ​sat in the dentist's ​waitingroom, ​nervously chewing (at) (= ​biting) her ​nails.

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chewnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃuː/
(Definition of chew from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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chewverb [I/T]

 us   /tʃu/
to ​crushfood into ​smaller, ​softerpieces with the ​teeth so that it is ​easier to ​swallow: [T] The ​steak was ​tough and hard to chew.
(Definition of chew from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “chew”
in Korean -을 씹다…
in Arabic يَمْضُغ…
in Malaysian kunyah…
in French mãcher…
in Russian жевать, пережевывать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咀嚼, 嚼碎, (為品嚐味道而)嚼,咬…
in Italian masticare…
in Turkish çiğnemek, tıka basa doldurup çiğnemek…
in Polish pogryźć, żuć…
in Spanish masticar, mascar…
in Vietnamese nhai…
in Portuguese mastigar…
in Thai เคี้ยว…
in German kauen…
in Catalan mastegar…
in Japanese かむ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咀嚼, 嚼碎, (为品尝味道而)嚼,咬…
in Indonesian mengunyah…
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