Definition of chime in in US English:

chime in

phrasal verb

  • 1Interject a remark.

    ‘“Yes, you do that,” Doreen chimed in eagerly’
    • ‘‘The work in the plantation is difficult,’ a tea-plucker chimes in, her fingers deftly plucking the leaves with ease and then transferring them to a basket cradled from her forehead.’
    • ‘Malorni chimes in: ‘I had a big black welt on my head.’’
    • ‘‘There's a marvellous new wiping-up sponge on the market that I was able to tell Tina about; she was thrilled,’ he chimes in, laughing.’
    • ‘It's going to be very hot, says Barney, to murmurs of assent from Crimson Brit and Urban Chic man, chiming in for the first time.’
    • ‘‘Neither can Beryl,’ one of the other middle-aged serving matrons chimes in.’
    • ‘Dan chimes in: ‘People seem to have forgotten that being in a rock band is by its nature ridiculous.’’
    • ‘I'll have Rosalynn chime in on that right after we come back from the break.’
    • ‘I can almost hear you chiming in, and no doubt you'll want to compile your own list.’
    • ‘Tansy chimes in, her big brown eyes sparkling, ‘You'll never have to leave!’’
    • ‘Lord chimes in: ‘I really think this form of animation is the best way of conveying emotion.’’
    • ‘My dad takes a break from the tan lady to chime in.’
    • ‘Just thought I'd chime in during the commercial break.’
    • ‘At this point, my manager chimes in over the airwaves.’
    • ‘‘The human being will never be happy,’ Cáceres chimes in.’
    • ‘Fellow Razor Dog Ian Penny Pennington chimes in: ‘We played at the All Age Rage and showed them how it's done.’’
    • ‘The young woman's male counterpart quickly chimed in, interrupting her.’
    • ‘Her friend Cheryl chimes in: ‘We gave up on aerobics.’’
    • ‘I normally refrain from chiming in to an editor, but this story piqued my civic conscience.’
    • ‘The estate agent quickly chimes in: ‘But, er, well, you know, that's, um, that's definitely in the mid-range of what you'd usually pay for a one-bedroom flat in London.’’
    • ‘Lachlan chimes in that the family is giving up hundreds of millions of dollars of value to get the change of domicile done.’
    interject, interpose, intervene, interrupt, butt in, cut in, break in, join in, join the conversation
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  • 2Join in harmoniously.

    • ‘All right, Rick, Jeff, we appreciate you chiming in on it tonight and joining us.’
    • ‘Its catchy chorus line, which the nineteen-year-olds like to chime in on for a sort of harmonic stereo effect, is ‘Can't believe that this is real / Do I really feel the way I feel?’’
    • ‘Soon, all the fairies were chiming in that they would join Lucen in an attempt to escape.’
    • ‘Pete's younger brother, Simon Townshend, chimed in on rhythm guitar and vocals with long-time touring member pianist John Bundrick completing the line-up.’
    • ‘Thank you very much for joining us and chiming in.’
    • ‘Rufus Wainwright chimes in, as does Beck (doing a sublime cover of ‘Diamond Dogs’) and the man himself.’
    • ‘I don't see these friends chiming in and signing the petition, do you?’
    • ‘The light and breezy pop music carries a bit of The Beach Boys on its back and, when the ensemble harmonies and tambourine chime in, a smiling smidge of Partridge Family.’
    • ‘You knew you were at an REM concert when the arpeggio notes of Everybody Hurts chimed in.’
    • ‘Then we do another two verse-chorus pairs and a break, with the electric chiming in sparsely.’
    • ‘The minor parties are also chiming in too - adding to the credence that National can form a government after the election.’