Meaning of “pill” in the English Dictionary

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pillnoun [ C ]

uk /pɪl/ us /pɪl/

pill noun [ C ] (MEDICINE)

B1 a small solid piece of medicine that a person swallows 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 becoming pregnant:

Are you on the pill?

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pill noun [ C ] (ON CLOTHING)

US UK bobble a small ball 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 /pɪl/ us /pɪl/ US UK bobble

(Definition of “pill” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pillnoun [ C ]

us /pɪl/

a small, solid substance that a person swallows whole, esp. as medicine:

a sleeping pill

(Definition of “pill” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)