- 1 [transitive] slice something (up) to cut something into slices to slice (up) onions Slice the cucumber thinly. a sliced loaf CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach/watercress 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 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/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) 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/sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoWays of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/a pie/potatoes/fish/scones/muffins boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables grill meat/steak/chicken/sausages/a hot dog roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/lamb sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in a layer carve the meat/lamb/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 See related entries: Preparing food
- 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. He sliced the fruit open. (figurative) The ship sliced the water.
- 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[transitive] slice something (in golf) to hit the ball so that it flies away in a curve, when you do not mean to
- 5[transitive] slice something (North American English, informal) to reduce something by a large amount The new tax has sliced annual bonuses by 30 percent. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘fragment, splinter’): shortening of Old French esclice
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BrE BrE//slaɪs//; NAmE NAmE//slaɪs//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slice
BrE BrE//slaɪs//; NAmE NAmE//slaɪs//he / she / it slices
BrE BrE//ˈslaɪsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪsɪz//past simple sliced
BrE BrE//slaɪst//; NAmE NAmE//slaɪst//past participle sliced
BrE BrE//slaɪst//; NAmE NAmE//slaɪst//-ing form slicing
BrE BrE//ˈslaɪsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaɪsɪŋ//Preparing food