Boil down - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ˌbɔɪl ˈdaʊn|
Brit.  |bɔɪl daʊn|

verb

- be the essential element (syn: reduce)
- be cooked until very little liquid is left (syn: concentrate, decoct, reduce)
- cook until very little liquid is left (syn: concentrate, reduce)

Examples

The whole matter boils down to a struggle between the trade union and the directors.

...the discussion of the problem can be boiled down to a couple of critical points...

You can boil this story down to a few sentences and it still has the same meaning.

Spinach tends to boil down a lot.

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