chip in

chip in
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chip in]
    • /tʃɪp ɪn/
    • /tʃɪp ɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chip in]
    • /tʃɪp ɪn/

Definitions of chip in words

  • phrasal verb chip in When a number of people chip in, each person gives some money so that they can pay for something together. 3
  • phrasal verb chip in If someone chips in during a conversation, they interrupt it in order to say something. 3
  • verb chip in to contribute (money, time, etc) to a cause or fund 3
  • verb chip in to interpose a remark or interrupt with a remark 3
  • noun chip in to share in giving money or help 3
  • noun chip in to add one's comments 3

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Origin of chip in

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; (noun) Middle English chip (compare Old English cipp plowshare, beam, i.e., piece cut off); (v.) late Middle English chippen (compare Old English -cippian in forcippian to cut off); akin to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch kippen to chip eggs, hatch

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Chip in


chip in popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

chip in usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for chip in

verb chip in

  • break in — If someone, usually a thief, breaks in, they get into a building by force.
  • come through — To come through a dangerous or difficult situation means to survive it and recover from it.
  • interpose — to place between; cause to intervene: to interpose an opaque body between a light and the eye.
  • interrupt — to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
  • pay — to coat or cover (seams, a ship's bottom, etc.) with pitch, tar, or the like.

Antonyms for chip in

verb chip in

  • pilfer — steal in small amounts
  • take — to get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write.
  • take away — something taken back or away, especially an employee benefit that is eliminated or substantially reduced by the terms of a union contract.

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