boil down

1. be the essential element (Freq. 1)

The proposal boils down to a compromise

Syn: ↑reduce, ↑come down
Derivationally related forms: ↑reducible (for: ↑reduce)
Hypernyms: ↑become, ↑turn
Verb Frames:

Something is ——ing PP

2. be cooked until very little liquid is left

The sauce should reduce to one cup

Syn: ↑reduce, ↑decoct, ↑concentrate
Derivationally related forms: ↑concentration (for: ↑concentrate), ↑concentrate (for: ↑concentrate)
Topics: ↑cooking, ↑cookery, ↑preparation
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑diminish, ↑lessen, ↑fall
Verb Frames:

Something ——s

3. cook until very little liquid is left

The cook reduced the sauce by boiling it for a long time

Syn: ↑reduce, ↑concentrate
Derivationally related forms: ↑concentration (for: ↑concentrate), ↑concentrate (for: ↑concentrate)
Topics: ↑cooking, ↑cookery, ↑preparation
Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessen, ↑minify
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

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boil down [phrasal verb]
1 a : to become reduced in amount by boiling

Let the sauce boil down and thicken.

1 b boil (something) down or boil down (something) : to reduce the amount of (a liquid) by boiling it

Boil down the sauce so that it thickens.

2 boil (something) down or boil down (something) : to make (something) short or simple by removing the parts that are not important or necessary

He was able to boil down [=condense] the report to a brief summary.

3 boil down to (something) : to have (something) as the main or basic part

His speech boiled down to [=was basically] a plea for more money.

Their objections all boil down to one thing: cost.

You can get advice from many sources, but it all boils down to common sense. [=you should be guided by common sense]

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Main Entry:boil

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ˌboil ˈdown | ˌboil sthˈdown derived
to be reduced or to reduce sth by boiling
Main entry:boilderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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