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distil

verb uk   /dɪˈstɪl/ (-ll-) us  

distil verb (LIQUID)

[T] (US usually distill) to make a liquid stronger or purer by heating it until it changes to a gas and then cooling it so that it changes back into a liquid: Some strong alcoholic drinks such as whisky are made by distilling.

distil verb (INFORMATION)

[T usually passive] literary to get or show only the most important part of something: Over 80 hours of footage have been distilled into these 40 minutes.
distillation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌdɪs.tɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us  
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