Meaning of “melt sth down” in the English Dictionary

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"melt sth down" in British English

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melt sth down

phrasal verb with melt uk /melt/ us /melt/ verb

to heat a metal object until it turns to liquid, because you want to use the metal rather than the object:

They melted down the gold rings and bracelets.

(Definition of “melt sth down” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)