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

     

    distil

     verb
    (North American English distill)verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distil
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪl//
     
    (North American English also) present simple I / you / we / they distill
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪl//
     
    he / she / it distils
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪlz//
     
    (North American English also) he / she / it distills
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪlz//
     
    past simple distilled
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪld//
     
    past participle distilled
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪld//
     
    -ing form distilling
    BrE BrE//dɪˈstɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈstɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1distil 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 distil fresh water from sea water distilled water
  2. 2distil something to make something such as a strong alcoholic drink in this way The factory distils and bottles whisky.
  3. 3distil 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.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin distillare, variant of destillare, from de- ‘down, away’ + stillare (from stilla ‘a drop’).