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distil

verb [T] ( present participle distilling, past tense and past participle distilled) UK ( US distill)
 
 
/dɪˈstɪl/
to make a liquid stronger or more pure by heating it until it changes into a gas and then changing it into a liquid again: distilled waterSpirits and distillingBecoming and making strongerPhysical and chemical processes
distillation
 
 
/ˌdɪstɪˈleɪʃən/ noun [U]
distillery
 
 
/dɪˈstɪləri/ noun [C]
a place where strong alcoholic drinks are producedSpirits and distillingFactories
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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