car·​a·​mel·​ize | \-mə-ˌlīz \
caramelized; caramelizing

Definition of caramelize 

transitive verb

: to change into caramel caramelize sugar

intransitive verb

: to change to caramel causing sugar to caramelize

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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This version is most definitely a cake: a fluffy, festooned pile of shaggy coconut and caramelized, buttery banana. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Cake to Keep Your Sweet Tooth in Shape," 19 Jan. 2018 Cut burger in half and tuck into pita pockets along with baby spinach leaves and caramelized onion. Delia A. Hammock, M.s., Good Housekeeping, "A 7-Day, 1,300-Calorie Meal Plan," 10 Nov. 2014 Add reserved leeks and sauté until softened and lightly caramelized, 5 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 In this upside-down pastry, the fruit is caramelized with the natural stuff (a.k.a. maple syrup). The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Maple-Pear Tarte Tatin," 9 Oct. 2018 Perhaps the open roasting caused the sugar to caramelize, adding a slightly bitter burnish that mitigated the awful sweetness. Mimi Sheraton, The Seattle Times, "Sweet sorrow: A food critic wants maple syrup to die," 25 Sep. 2018 The regular menu also offers the pasta with bacon and caramelized onion. Claire Perez,, "Burt & Max's decadent mac and cheese is better than Mom's," 22 June 2018 Allow the meat to caramelize and get crispy, about two minutes. Multiple Authors, House Beautiful, "Bill's Bar and Burger's Sunset and Vine Burger," 1 May 2010 Roasting broccoli caramelizes its natural sugars and turns skeptics into converts. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Creative cooking makes vegetables more appealing," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of caramelize

1842, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of caramelize

: to cook (something, such as a fruit or vegetable) slowly until it becomes brown and sweet

: to change (sugar) into caramel by cooking it

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