car·​a·​mel·​ize ˈkär-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce caramelize (audio)
caramelized; caramelizing
transitive : to subject (sugar or the sugar content of a food) to caramelization : to change into caramel (see caramel sense 1) by heating at high temperature
… flan bathed in caramelized sugar and topped with whipped cream …Penelope Casas
At a restaurant, some unlucky prep cook gets to peel, slice, and caramelize bags of onions in the morning.Stephanie Alleyne
intransitive : to change to caramel
Fructose begins to rapidly caramelize at around 200 degrees …Matthew Card
: to undergo caramelization
These sweet potatoes caramelize slightly in the oven, which gives them a sweet crunch as their flesh remains creamy.Lesley Porcelli

Examples of caramelize in a Sentence

The onions will take five minutes to caramelize. Caramelize two cups of sugar. Continue stirring until the sugar caramelizes.
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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of caramelize was in 1837

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“Caramelize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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