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distil

verb uk (-ll-) mainly UK ( US usually distill)   /dɪˈstɪl/ us  

distil verb (LIQUID)

[T] 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] formal 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  
Translations of “distil”
in Spanish destilar…
in French distiller…
in German destillieren, brennen (aus)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 液體, 蒸餾…
in Russian дистиллировать…
in Turkish damıtmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 液体, 蒸馏…
in Polish destylować…
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