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1boil/ˈbojəl/verb
boilsboiledboiling
1boil
/ˈbojəl/
verb
boilsboiledboiling
Learner's definition of BOIL  
[no object]  : to become so hot that bubbles are formed in a liquid and rise to the top
   b  [+ object]  : to heat (a liquid or a container with liquid in it) so that bubbles are formed and rise to the top
: to cook (something) in water that is boiling
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object]  : to feel a strong emotion (such as anger) — + with

a watched pot never boils

◊ The expression a watched pot never boils means that time passes very slowly when you are waiting for something to happen if that is the only thing you are thinking about.

boil down

[phrasal verb]
: to become reduced in amount by boiling
   b  boil (something) down or boil down (something)  : to reduce the amount of (a liquid) by boiling it
boil (something) down or boil down (something)  : to make (something) short or simple by removing the parts that are not important or necessary
boil down to (something)  : to have (something) as the main or basic part

boil over

[phrasal verb]
: to flow over the side of a container while boiling
: to become violent or to lose control because of anger
   b  : to change into something more violent

boil up

[phrasal verb]
: to grow toward a dangerous level

make someone's blood boil

— see blood
2boil/ˈbojəl/noun
pluralboils
2boil
/ˈbojəl/
noun
pluralboils
Learner's definition of BOIL  
[singular]of a liquid  : the act or state of boiling
[count]US  : a dish of shellfish, vegetables, and spices that is cooked by boiling
also  : a party at which this dish is served

off the boil

British, informal
: into a state that is less good than before

on the boil

British, informal
: in a state of activity or development
— compare 3boil
3boil/ˈbojəl/noun
pluralboils
3boil
/ˈbojəl/
noun
pluralboils
Learner's definition of BOIL  
[count]
: a painful, swollen area under the skin that is caused by infection
— compare 2boil
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