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verb [transitive] distil pronunciation in British English /dɪˈstɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydistil
he/she/itdistils
present participledistilling
past tensedistilled
past participledistilled

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distillation

 distil pronunciation in British English /ˌdɪstɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [countable/uncountable]
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singulardistillation
pluraldistillations

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