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Definition of slice verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slice
    he / she / it slices
    past simple sliced
    -ing form slicing
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  1. 1[transitive] slice something (up) to cut something into slices to slice (up) onions Slice the cucumber thinly. a sliced loaf Topic CollocationsCookingpreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach chop/slice/dice the carrots/onions/potatoes peel the carrots/onion/potatoes/garlic/orange grate a carrot/the cheese/some nutmeg remove/discard the bones/seeds/skin/rind/peel blend/combine/mix (together) the flour and water/all the ingredients beat/whisk the cream/eggs/egg whites knead/shape/roll (out) the doughcooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/heat the oven/the broiler bring to a boil stir constantly/gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/until reduced by half melt the butter/chocolate/cheese dissolve the sugar in water brown the meat for 8-10 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander/in a strainer mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoways of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Mexican dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/a pie/potatoes/muffins/cookies/fish boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/a hot dog/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables broil meat/steak/chicken/sausages roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/beef sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/a frozen dinner/a TV dinnerserving serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in layers carve the meat/chicken/turkey dress/toss a salad dress with/drizzle with olive oil/vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/a scoop of ice cream/whipped cream/syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/fresh basil leaves/lemon wedges/a slice of lime/a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/sugar/herbs/parsley/freshly ground black pepper see also salami slicing
  2. 2[intransitive] to cut something easily with or as if with a sharp blade + adv./prep. He accidentally sliced through his finger. A piece of glass sliced into his shoulder. (figurative) Her speech sliced through all the confusion surrounding the situation. slice something (+ adj.) The knife sliced his jacket. (figurative) The ship sliced the water.
  3. 3[transitive] slice something (sport) to hit a ball so that it spins and does not move in the expected direction He managed to slice a shot over the net.
  4. 4[transitive] slice something (in golf) to hit the ball so that it flies away in a curve, when you do not mean to
  5. 5[transitive] slice something (informal) to reduce something by a large amount The new tax has sliced annual bonuses by 30 percent.
  6. Idioms
    any way you slice it (informal)
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    however you choose to look at a situation
    slice and dice (something) (computing)
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    to divide information into small parts in order to study it more closely or to see it in different ways The software lets you slice and dice the data and display it in different formats. Once you enter the budget, you can slice and dice it in the same way as sales information.
    Phrasal Verbsslice somethingoff/away
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