I am confused about word chilled. I understand the use of chilled as an Adjective.For example

The soup is chilled

Here chilled is a adjective which refer to cool

But How can i use "chilled". as a verb and how I can decide whether it is verb or adjective

For example I just watched a video on http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/everyday-grammar-subjunctive/3458590.html. In that video, man speaks this sentence at 1:16

I suggest that you wait until the Soup has chilled.

Is the "soup has chilled" is a present perfect tense where chilled is third form of chill Or is it a present simple tense, Where chilled is used as adjective .

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    to chill usually means "to make something else cold", so with food, we normally use it in the passive voice, like "The soup has been chilled. It was chilled by putting it in the refrigerator for a while."
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 14:28
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    Context is vital to any understanding; it is entirely possible that chilled is a verb in the passive form in The soup is chilled. Soup has chilled is unnatural either way.
    – choster
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 14:29
  • Thanks for the edit, which makes the point about the importance of context to understanding. I suggest that you wait until the soup has chilled is perfectly fine, whereas soup has chilled on its own is rather peculiar.
    – choster
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 15:07
  • @choster, if the soup was really agitated and upset, and then it calmed itself down, you could say "the soup has chilled". But I suppose it is unnatural for soup to have emotions (although how can we really know?), so I guess even though it would be grammatically correct, you could still say it's unnatural. :-)
    – fixer1234
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 19:24

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"Chill!" This means (in NAm Eng) that I am asking you to calm down, relax.

"I need to chill this soup before I serve it."

chill (from Google Dictionary)


    1. an unpleasant feeling of coldness in the atmosphere, one's surroundings, or the body. "there was a chill in the air"

synonyms: coldness, chilliness, coolness, iciness, rawness, bitterness, nip "a chill in the air"

    1. a metal mold or part of a mold, often cooled, designed to ensure rapid or even cooling of metal during casting.


    1. make (someone) cold. "I'm chilled to the bone"
    1. horrify or frighten (someone). "the city was chilled by the violence"

synonyms: scare, frighten, petrify, terrify, alarm


    1. chilly. "the chill gray dawn" synonyms: cold, chilly, cool, fresh
    1. NORTH AMERICAN informal very relaxed or easy going. "I'm kind of a relaxed, chill guy"

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