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1 pill /ˈpɪl/ noun
plural pills
1 pill
/ˈpɪl/
noun
plural pills
Learner's definition of PILL
[count] : a small, rounded object that you swallow and that contains medicine, vitamins, etc.
see also pep pill, poison pill, sleeping pill, sugar pill
the pill : a pill that a woman takes so that she will not become pregnant : a contraceptive in pill form
see also morning-after pill
[count] US, informal : an annoying person usually singular

(a) bitter pill (to swallow)

see 1bitter

sugar/sweeten the pill

: to make an unpleasant thing less difficult to accept or deal with
2 pill /ˈpɪl/ verb
pills; pilled; pilling
2 pill
/ˈpɪl/
verb
pills; pilled; pilling
Learner's definition of PILL
[no object] of a sweater, fabric, etc.
: to begin to have small balls of fiber on the surface usually after having been worn or used many times
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