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Definition of distill verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distill he / she / it distills past simple distilled -ing form distilling
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  1. 1distill something (from something) to make a liquid pure by heating it until it becomes a gas, then cooling it and collecting the drops of liquid that form to distill fresh water from sea water distilled water
  2. 2distill something to make something such as a strong alcoholic drink in this way The factory distills and bottles whiskey.
  3. 3distill something (from/into something) (formal) to get the essential meaning or ideas from thoughts, information, experiences, etc. The notes I made on my travels were distilled into a book.
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noun [countable, uncountable] the distillation process The movie is a perfect distillation of adolescence.