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"chill" in British English

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chillverb [I or T]

uk   us   /tʃɪl/

chillnoun

uk   us   /tʃɪl/
  • chill noun (ILLNESS)

[C] a ​slightfever: Don't go out with ​wethair, you might catch a chill.
  • chill noun (BAD FEELING)

C2 [S] a ​suddenunpleasantfeeling, ​especially of ​fear: I ​suddenlyrealized, with a chill of ​apprehension, the ​dangerahead.

chilladjective

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

"chill" in American English

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chillverb [I/T]

 us   /tʃɪl/
to make or ​becomecold but not ​freeze: [I] Allow the ​pudding to chill. [T] Chill the ​pudding before ​serving.
Phrasal verbs

chillnoun [C]

 us   /tʃɪl/
a ​coldfeeling: The ​sun was ​bright, but there was a chill in the ​air. fig. His words ​sent a chill down her ​spine (= made her ​suddenly very ​fearful). A chill is also a ​feeling of ​cold in ​yourbody that makes you ​shakeslightly: She came ​home with a ​headache and chills.
(Definition of chill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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