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English definition of “distil”

distil

verb [T] (LIQUID) (-ll-) (US usually distill)     /dɪˈstɪl/
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.Spirits and distilling distillation     /ˌdɪs.tɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ noun [C or U] Spirits and distillingSummaries and summarisingAccounts and stories
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