boil down


boiled down; boiling down; boils down

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: 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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boil down was in 1723

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Cite this Entry

“Boil down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

boil down

: to reduce or become reduced by or as if by boiling
let the sauce boil down
boil down a report
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