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simmer

verb uk   /ˈsɪm.ər/ us    //
[I or T] to cook something liquid, or something with liquid in it, at a temperature slightly below boiling: Leave the vegetables to simmer for a few minutes. [I] If a disagreement or negative emotion simmers, it grows slowly stronger over a period of time and could become more serious at any moment: The strike has been simmering for weeks. She's been simmering with resentment ever since the meeting.
simmer
noun [S] uk   us  
Bring the potatoes to a simmer.
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