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verb American English pronunciation: chew /tʃu/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theychew
he/she/itchews
present participlechewing
past tensechewed
past participlechewed
  1. [intransitive/transitive] to use your teeth to bite food in your mouth into small pieces so that you can swallow it

    High-fiber foods take longer to chew.

    chew on:

    He was chewing on his meat as if he found it hard to swallow.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to bite something continuously but not swallow it

      We're not allowed to chew gum in class.

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