boil down

verb
boiled down; boiling down; boils 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

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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First Known Use of boil down

1723, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of boil down was in 1723

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Last Updated

6 May 2022

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“Boil down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boil%20down. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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