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Definition of melt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they melt
    he / she / it melts
    past simple melted
    -ing form melting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to become or make something become liquid as a result of heating The snow showed no sign of melting. melting ice melt something The sun had melted the snow. First, melt two ounces of butter. 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 compare defrost, de-ice
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become or to make a feeling, an emotion, etc. become gentler and less strong The tension in the room began to melt. melt something Her trusting smile melted his heart.
  3. Idioms
    butter wouldn't melt (in somebody's mouth) (informal)
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    used to say that someone seems to be innocent, kind, etc. when they are not really
    melt in your mouth
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    (of food) to be soft and very good to eat They serve steaks that just melt in your mouth.
    Phrasal Verbsmelt awaymelt somethingdownmelt into something
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