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Meaning of “pill” in the English Dictionary

"pill" in British English

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pillnoun [C]

uk   us   /pɪl/
  • pill noun [C] (MEDICINE)

B1 a ​smallsolidpiece of ​medicine that a ​personswallows without chewing (= ​crushing with the ​teeth): a ​sleeping pill a ​vitamin pill My ​mother takes three or four pills a ​day. Jamie's always had ​trouble swallowing pills.the pill a ​type of pill for women that is taken every ​day in ​order to ​prevent them from ​becomingpregnant: Are you on the pill?

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  • pill noun [C] (ON CLOTHING)

US (UK bobble) a ​smallball of ​threads that ​develops on the ​surface of ​clothes or ​material: She ​sat there ​sulking and ​picking the pills off her ​sweater.

pillverb [I]

uk   us   /pɪl/ US (UK bobble)
If a ​piece of ​clothing or ​material pills, it ​developssmallballs of ​threads on ​itssurface.
(Definition of pill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pillnoun [C]

 us   /pɪl/
a ​small, ​solidsubstance that a ​personswallowswhole, esp. as ​medicine: a ​sleeping pill
(Definition of pill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pill”
in Korean 알약…
in Arabic حَبّة دَواء…
in Malaysian pil…
in French pilule…
in Russian таблетка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 藥, 藥丸, 藥片…
in Italian pillola…
in Turkish hap, ilaç, tablet…
in Polish tabletka, pigułka…
in Spanish píldora, pastilla…
in Vietnamese viên thuốc…
in Portuguese pílula, comprimido…
in Thai ยาเม็ด…
in German die Pille…
in Catalan píndola…
in Japanese 錠剤, 丸薬…
in Chinese (Simplified) 药, 药丸, 药片…
in Indonesian pil…
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