Definition of chew verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    chew

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʃuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃuː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chew
    BrE BrE//tʃuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃuː//
     
    he / she / it chews
    BrE BrE//tʃuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃuːz//
     
    past simple chewed
    BrE BrE//tʃuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃuːd//
     
    past participle chewed
    BrE BrE//tʃuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃuːd//
     
    -ing form chewing
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃuːɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to bite food into small pieces in your mouth with your teeth to make it easier to swallow chew (at/on/through something) After the operation you may find it difficult to chew and swallow. chew something (up) teeth designed for chewing meat He is always chewing gum.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to bite something continuously, for example because you are nervous or to taste it chew on something Rosa chewed on her lip and stared at the floor. The dog was chewing on a bone. chew something to chew your nails
  3. Word Origin Old English cēowan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kauwen and German kauen.Extra examples She was chewing at her lower lip. The baby chewed on a piece of bread. Chew your food up well before you swallow it.Idioms
    bite off more than you can chew
     
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    to try to do too much, or something that is too difficult
    (informal) to have a long friendly talk with somebody about something Randall stayed chewing the fat for a while. They met up once a year to chew the fat about the old days.
    Phrasal Verbschew somebody outchew somethingover
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