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verb boil pronunciation in American English /bɔɪl/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyboil
he/she/itboils
present participleboiling
past tenseboiled
past participleboiled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a liquid boils, or if you boil it, it becomes so hot that there are bubbles in it and it starts to become a gas

    When the water boils, add the rice.

    Boil some milk in a pan.

    put something on to boil (=put liquid in a container and heat it until it boils):

    She put two pans of soup on to boil.

    1. a.
      if a container boils, or if you boil it, the liquid in it boils

      He stood in the kitchen waiting for the pan to boil.

      boil dry (=boil until there is no liquid left):

      The saucepan had boiled dry and the carrots were burned.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to cook food in water that is boiling

    How long does it take to boil an egg?

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be cooked in water that is boiling

      The pasta needs to boil for 10 minutes.

      put something on to boil (=start to cook something in hot water):

      Can you put the vegetables on to boil, please?

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to feel something such as anger very strongly

    James felt the fury boiling within him.

    boil with rage/anger:

    Boiling with rage, Kate slammed the car door and drove off.

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