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

      

    chop

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʃɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chop
    BrE BrE//tʃɒp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːp//
     
    he / she / it chops
    BrE BrE//tʃɒps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːps//
     
    past simple chopped
    BrE BrE//tʃɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːpt//
     
    past participle chopped
    BrE BrE//tʃɒpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːpt//
     
    -ing form chopping
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɒpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːpɪŋ//
     
    Preparing food
     
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  1. 1  to cut something into pieces with a sharp tool such as a knife chop something He was chopping logs for firewood. Add the finely chopped onions. chop something (up) (into something) Chop the carrots up into small pieces. (figurative) The country was chopped up into small administrative areas. 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 related entries: Preparing food
  2. 2[usually passive] chop something (from something) (to something) (informal) to reduce something by a large amount; to stop something synonym cut The share price was chopped from 50 pence to 20 pence.
  3. 3chop somebody/something to hit somebody/something with a short downward stroke or blow
  4. Word Originverb late Middle English: variant of chap. chop and change. late Middle English (in the sense ‘barter, exchange’): perhaps related to Old English cēap ‘bargaining, trade’; compare with chap- in chapman, pedlar.Extra examples Add finely chopped parsley. Chop the meat into small cubes. He chopped off the small branches before cutting down the tree. I spent the day chopping up vegetables. Roughly chop the cabbage. The furniture had been chopped to pieces. The trees are being chopped down. There are concerns over how quickly the forests are being chopped down.Idioms (British English, informal) to keep changing your mind or what you are doing More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet. Phrasal Verbschop (away) at somethingchop somethingdownchop somethingoff (something)
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