chime in


Definition of chime in 

intransitive verb

1 : to combine harmoniously the artist's illustrations chime in perfectly with the textBook Production

2 : to break into a conversation or discussion especially to express an opinion

transitive verb

: to remark while chiming in

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Synonyms & Antonyms for chime in


agree, assort, blend, chime, conform, consort, coordinate, groove, harmonize


clash, collide, conflict

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Examples of chime in in a Sentence

“I don't like that show at all,” my friend chimed in unfortunately, his views on child rearing don't chime in with those of his new wife, who has two children from a previous marriage

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Assuming anything is anything but wisdom — Khloé (@khloekardashian) May 30, 2018 Twitter users are not the only ones sounding off on Khloé's love life; Instagram commenters are also chiming in. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Shut Down a Fan Who Speculated About Her Relationship with Tristan Thompson," 4 June 2018 The Trump administration has given until May 22 for businesses to chime in with comments and has another 180 days to decide whether to move ahead. Alex Frangos, WSJ, "Airlines, Not Boeing, Will Feel China Tariff Threat First," 4 Apr. 2018 As Segura addressed the media, Dee Gordon, who was at his locker a few feet away, kept chiming in with comments. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Jean Segura talks about the Mariners’ #SendSegura campaign to get him to the All-Star Game: ‘I appreciate the effort they’ve made for me’," 10 July 2018 Bollywood stars have chimed in too, using their social media accounts and appearing in government advertisements to discourage plastic usage. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Mumbai’s plastic ban carries costly fines and jail sentences for offenders," 26 June 2018 In the midst of a tragic border crisis, avid Trump opposer John Legend has chimed in with a voice of reason once again. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "John Legend Asks the Trump Administration to 'Reunite All These Families Immediately'," 25 June 2018 Senior White House and Transportation Department officials have chimed in to demand accelerated FAA approvals. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA’s Safety Rules for Commercial Drones Are Overly Strict, Report Says," 11 June 2018 Few school superintendents, though, have chimed in on the movement and educators’ open intentions to walk out — either for or against. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "With walk-ins, Arizona teachers gauge support for walkouts, closing schools," 11 Apr. 2018 Several other committee members chimed in, blasting top Republicans on the committee, with Nadler even motioning to adjourn the hearing all together. Gregg Re, Fox News, "GOP Rep. Gohmert unloads on 'smirking' Strzok: 'How many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her?'," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of chime in

1681, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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18 Oct 2018

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