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

     

    simmer

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they simmer
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmər//
     
    he / she / it simmers
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪməz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmərz//
     
    past simple simmered
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪməd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmərd//
     
    past participle simmered
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪməd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmərd//
     
    -ing form simmering
    BrE BrE//ˈsɪmərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪmərɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] simmer (something) to cook something by keeping it almost at boiling point; to be cooked in this way Simmer the sauce gently for 10 minutes. Leave the soup to simmer. 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
  2. 2[intransitive] simmer (with something) to be filled with a strong feeling, especially anger, which you have difficulty controlling synonym seethe She was still simmering with resentment. Anger simmered inside him.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of an argument, a disagreement, etc.) to develop for a period of time without any real anger or violence being shown This argument has been simmering for months. The simmering dispute finally erupted.
  4. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: alteration of dialect simper (in the same sense), perhaps imitative.Extra examples She was still quietly simmering from her argument with Nathan. Turn the heat down and let it simmer for thirty minutes. a mixture of vegetables simmered in yogurt Phrasal Verbssimmer down
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