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: to reduce in bulk by boiling
: condense, summarize
boil down a report
: to undergo reduction in bulk by boiling
: to be equivalent in summary : amount
his speech boiled down to a plea for more money
: to reduce ultimately
your choices boil down to three
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abstract, digest, encapsulate, epitomize, outline, recap, recapitulate, sum up, summarize, wrap up
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