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Definition of chip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chip
    he / she / it chips
    past simple chipped
    -ing form chipping
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] chip (something) to damage something by breaking a small piece off it; to become damaged in this way a badly chipped saucer She chipped one of her front teeth. These plates chip easily.
  2. 2[transitive] chip something + adv./prep. to cut or break small pieces off something with a tool Chip away the damaged area. The fossils had been chipped out of the rock. It took a long time to chip a hole in the wall. It needs skill to chip a block of stone into a recognizable shape.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] chip (something) (especially in golf and soccer) to hit or kick the ball so that it goes high in the air and then lands within a short distance
  4. 4[transitive] chip something to put a microchip under the skin of a dog or other animal so that it can be identified if it is lost or stolen
  5. Phrasal Verbschip away at somethingchip in (with something)chip off
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