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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyboil down
he/she/itboils down
present participleboiling down
past tenseboiled down
past participleboiled down

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to become smaller in quantity after cooking because some of the liquid has turned to gas, or to make something do this

    Boil the meat juices down to make a thick sauce.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make something such as a piece of writing shorter by giving only the basic, most important facts
    boil something down to something:

    Whole pages of information get boiled down to one paragraph in the paper.

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