chew - definition and synonyms


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present tense
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-fibre 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.

    2. b.
      [transitive] if you chew your nails or your lips, you bite them continuously, especially because you are feeling nervous