boil down


Definition of boil down

transitive verb

1 : to reduce in bulk by boiling
2 : condense, summarize boil down a report

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo reduction in bulk by boiling
2a : 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

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Examples of boil down in a Sentence

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

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The issue partly boils down to the way researchers analyze their results. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 The news release boiled down to nothing more than a reassurance that things aren’t going to get materially worse over the next 12 months. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Blue Apron’s Bounce May Cause Indigestion," 15 Jan. 2019 Of course, perceived differences in color on guitars could all just boil down to mojo. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?," 31 Dec. 2018 Feminism boils down to the hard work that both men and women have to do to level the playing field. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 What this all boils down to is that the Asus NovaGo, criticized for its poor performance, is based on a two-year-old ARM architecture that’s steadily improving. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "ARM challenges Intel in PCs with Deimos and Hercules chips," 16 Aug. 2018 Viewed through a political lens, the answer boils down to two words: viability and vulnerability. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Superheated race for Pierce County prosecutor, pitting boss against former chief deputy, is most expensive county-level contest in state," 5 Aug. 2018 After a month of wall-to-wall soccer, the World Cup boils down to this – one day, one game, one chance for France or Croatia to lift the biggest prize of all. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "How the World Cup final between France and Croatia will be won," 13 July 2018 For individual investors, BlackRock’s advice boils down to: Don’t panic over headlines, and don’t give up on stocks, but do take some steps to make your portfolio more resilient in case markets get choppier in the coming months. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Here’s What the World’s Biggest Investor Thinks the Markets Will Do Next," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of boil down

1723, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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