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verb     chill pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlechilling
past tensechilled
past participlechilled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if you chill food or drink, or if it chills, it becomes cold enough to be ready to eat or drink

    Chill the dessert in the fridge for about two hours.

    The wine is chilling right now.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone feel cold
      chill someone to the bone (=make someone feel very cold):

      The icy winds had chilled us to the bone.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to make someone feel extremely frightened or worried

    They looked across at me, chilled by what Mark had said.

    chill someone to the bone/core/marrow:

    It was a thought that chilled me to the core.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a situation or relationship chills, or if something chills it, it becomes less friendly

    The border dispute between the two countries chilled their relations for decades.

  4. 4



    chill out

    [intransitive] informal to relax and stop being angry or nervous, or to spend time relaxing

    I’m just going to chill this weekend.

    chill to:

    You can dance to it or just chill to it.

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