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verb American English pronunciation: chum /tʃʌm/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theychum
he/she/itchums
present participlechumming
past tensechummed
past participlechummed

phrasal verb

chum up

[intransitive] British informal old-fashioned
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present tense
I/you/we/theychum up
he/she/itchums up
present participlechumming up
past tensechummed up
past participlechummed up

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