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English definition of “boil”

boil

noun     /bɔɪl/
bring sth to the boil to heat something until it starts to produce bubbles and steam: Bring the water to the boil, then add the rice.Preparing food using heatPreparing foodPhysical and chemical processes
[C] a red swollen area on the skin that is infectedSkin complaints and blemishes
(Definition of boil noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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