Definition of caramelize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    caramelize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkærəməlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærəməlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they caramelize
    BrE BrE//ˈkærəməlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærəməlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it caramelizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkærəməlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærəməlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple caramelized
    BrE BrE//ˈkærəməlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærəməlaɪzd//
     
    past participle caramelized
    BrE BrE//ˈkærəməlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærəməlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form caramelizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkærəməlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærəməlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of sugar) to turn into caramel
  2. 2[transitive] caramelize something to cook something, especially fruit, with sugar so that it is covered with caramel
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French caraméliser, from caramel ‘caramel’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: caramelize