- 1[transitive, usually passive] chill somebody to make somebody very cold They were chilled by the icy wind. Let's go home, I'm chilled to the bone (= very cold).
- 2[intransitive, transitive] when food or a drink chills or when somebody chills it, it is made very cold but it does not freeze Let the pudding chill for an hour until set. chill something This wine is best served chilled. chilled foods (= for example in a supermarket) chilled champagne Once home, put chilled foods in the refrigerator as soon as possible.
- 3[transitive] chill somebody/something (literary) to frighten somebody His words chilled her. What he saw chilled his blood/chilled him to the bone.
- 4[intransitive] (informal) = chill out We went home and chilled in front of the TV. Just chill, Mum, everything's going to be OK. Word Origin Old English cele, ciele ‘cold, coldness’, of Germanic origin; related to cold. Phrasal Verbschill out
BrE BrE//tʃɪl//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chill
BrE BrE//tʃɪl//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪl//he / she / it chills
BrE BrE//tʃɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪlz//past simple chilled
BrE BrE//tʃɪld//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪld//past participle chilled
BrE BrE//tʃɪld//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪld//-ing form chilling
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪlɪŋ//