boil down

verb
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of boil down

1 : to reduce in bulk by boiling
2 : condense, summarize
  • boil down a report
1 : to undergo reduction in bulk by boiling
2 a : to be equivalent in summary : amount
  • his speech boiled down to a plea for more money
b : to reduce ultimately
  • your choices boil down to three

Examples of boil down in a Sentence

  1. the discussion of the problem can be boiled down to a couple of critical points

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First Known Use of boil down

1723

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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