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Definition of boil verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they boil
    he / she / it boils
    past simple boiled
    -ing form boiling
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] when a liquid boils or when you boil it, it is heated to the point where it forms bubbles and turns to steam or vapor The water was bubbling and boiling away. boil something Boil plenty of salted water, then add the spaghetti.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] when a kettle, pan, etc. boils or when you boil a kettle, etc., it is heated until the water inside it boils The kettle is boiling. boil something Boil a large pot of water. + adj. She left the burner on by mistake and the pot boiled dry (= the water boiled until there was none left).
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to cook or wash something in boiling water; to be cooked or washed in boiling water She put some potatoes on to boil. boil something boiled carrots/cabbage to boil an egg for someone boil somebody something to boil someone an egg Topic CollocationsCookingpreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach chop/slice/dice the carrots/onions/potatoes peel the carrots/onion/potatoes/garlic/orange grate a carrot/the cheese/some nutmeg remove/discard the bones/seeds/skin/rind/peel blend/combine/mix (together) the flour and water/all the ingredients beat/whisk the cream/eggs/egg whites knead/shape/roll (out) the doughcooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/heat the oven/the broiler bring to a boil stir constantly/gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/until reduced by half melt the butter/chocolate/cheese dissolve the sugar in water brown the meat for 8-10 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander/in a strainer mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoways of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Mexican dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/a pie/potatoes/muffins/cookies/fish boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/a hot dog/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables broil meat/steak/chicken/sausages roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/beef sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/a frozen dinner/a TV dinnerserving serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in layers carve the meat/chicken/turkey dress/toss a salad dress with/drizzle with olive oil/vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/a scoop of ice cream/whipped cream/syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/fresh basil leaves/lemon wedges/a slice of lime/a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/sugar/herbs/parsley/freshly ground black pepper
  4. 4[intransitive] boil (with something) if you boil with anger, etc. or anger, etc. boils inside you, you are very angry He was boiling with rage. She wanted to vent the fury boiling within her.
  5. Idioms
    make somebody's blood boil
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    to make someone extremely angry The way he treats his employees really makes my blood boil.
    a watched pot never boils (saying)
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    used to say that when you are impatient for something to happen, time seems to pass very slowly
    Phrasal Verbsboil downboil something down (to something)boil down to somethingboil overboil upboil somethingup
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