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Meaning of “boil” in the English Dictionary

"boil" in British English

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boilverb

uk   us   /bɔɪl/
  • boil verb (HEAT LIQUID)

A2 [I or T] to ​reach, or ​cause something to ​reach, the ​temperature at which a ​liquidstarts to ​turn into a ​gas: Liquid ​nitrogen boils at a very ​lowtemperature. She ​scalded herself on some boiling water. If you give ​water to a ​smallbaby to ​drink, you have to boil it first.B1 [I or T] to ​heat a ​container, ​especially one used for ​cooking, until the ​liquid in it ​starts to ​turn into a ​gas: The pan's boiling.mainly UK Could you boil the kettle for me?B1 [T] to ​cookfood by putting it in ​water that is boiling: I've boiled some ​potatoes for ​dinner. boiled ​carrotsboil dry If a ​container or ​food boils ​dry, all the ​liquid in the ​container in which the ​food was ​cookingturns to ​gas. [T] to ​washclothes in a ​container of very ​hotwater

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boilnoun

uk   us   /bɔɪl/
  • boil noun (SWELLING)

[C] a ​painfulswelling on the ​skin that is ​filled with pus (= ​thick, ​yellowliquid)
  • boil noun (HEAT)

[S] the ​act of ​washing or ​cooking something in very ​hotwatera/the boil the ​state of boiling: UK Bring the ​water to the boil, then ​add the ​pasta.US Bring the ​water to a boil, then ​add the ​pasta. Let the ​liquid come to a/the boil and then ​reduce the ​heat.
(Definition of boil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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boilverb [I/T]

 us   /bɔɪl/
(of a ​liquid) to ​start to ​turn into a ​gas because of being ​heated, or to ​cause a ​liquid to ​turn into a ​gas in this way: [I] The ​water is boiling. [T] We’d ​better boil this ​water before we ​drink it. If you say that a ​container has boiled, the ​liquid in it has ​started to ​turn into a ​gas: [I] The pot’s ​beginning to boil. If ​food boils, or you boil ​food, it is ​cooked by being put in ​water that is ​heated until the ​water is in the ​process of ​turning into a ​gas: [T] I boiled some ​potatoes for ​dinner.

boilnoun

 us   /bɔɪl/
  • boil noun (SWELLING)

[C] a ​painful, ​redswelling on the ​skin that is ​filled with ​pus (= a ​yellowliquid from an ​infection)
  • boil noun (HEAT)

[U] If you ​bring something to a boil, or ​let something come to a boil, you ​heat it until it ​starts to ​turn into a ​gas: Bring the ​water to a boil, then ​add the ​pasta.
(Definition of boil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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