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English verb: boil down

1. boil down (change) be the essential element

SamplesThe proposal boils down to a compromise.

Synonymscome down, reduce

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)become, turn

2. boil down (change) be cooked until very little liquid is left

SamplesThe sauce should reduce to one cup.

Synonymsconcentrate, decoct, reduce

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

3. boil down (change) cook until very little liquid is left

SamplesThe cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time.

Synonymsconcentrate, reduce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decrease, lessen, minify

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

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