- 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 vapour The water was bubbling and boiling away. boil something Boil plenty of salted water, then add the spaghetti.
- 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 (British English) The kettle's boiling. boil something I'll boil the kettle and make some tea. + adj. She left the gas on by mistake and the pan boiled dry (= the water boiled until there was none left).
- 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 somebody boil somebody something to boil somebody an egg CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach/watercress 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 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/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) 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/sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoWays of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/a pie/potatoes/fish/scones/muffins boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables grill meat/steak/chicken/sausages/a hot dog roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/lamb sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in a layer carve the meat/lamb/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 See related entries: Ways of cooking
- 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 give vent to the fury boiling within her. See related entries: Anger Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French boillir, from Latin bullire
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BrE BrE//bɔɪl//; NAmE NAmE//bɔɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they boil
BrE BrE//bɔɪl//; NAmE NAmE//bɔɪl//he / she / it boils
BrE BrE//bɔɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//bɔɪlz//past simple boiled
BrE BrE//bɔɪld//; NAmE NAmE//bɔɪld//past participle boiled
BrE BrE//bɔɪld//; NAmE NAmE//bɔɪld//-ing form boiling
BrE BrE//ˈbɔɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔɪlɪŋ//Ways of cooking, Anger