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simmer

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verb sim·mer \ˈsi-mər\

Definition of simmer

simmered

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simmering

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to stew gently below or just at the boiling point

  3. 2a :  to be in a state of incipient development :  ferment ideas simmering in the back of my mindb :  to be in inward turmoil :  seethe

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cook slowly in a liquid just below the boiling point

Examples of simmer in a Sentence

  1. Simmer the stew for 40 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

  2. The chicken was simmered in a cream sauce.

  3. The dispute simmered for years before any progress was made.

  4. It's a debate that has simmered for 30 years and is likely to continue.

  5. Long-simmering tensions between the two groups eventually sparked violence.

Origin and Etymology of simmer

alteration of English dialect simper, from Middle English simperen, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1653


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simmer

noun sim·mer

Definition of simmer

  1. :  the state of simmering

Examples of simmer in a Sentence

  1. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

1809

First Known Use of simmer

1809


SIMMER Defined for English Language Learners

simmer

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Definition of simmer for English Language Learners

  • : to cook (something) so that it is almost boiling for a certain period of time

  • : to be filled with a strong feeling that is difficult to control or hide

  • : to be felt strongly by someone without being directly shown or expressed

simmer

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Definition of simmer for English Language Learners

  • : a state of simmering : a way of cooking that is close to boiling


SIMMER Defined for Kids

simmer

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verb sim·mer \ˈsi-mər\

Definition of simmer for Students

simmered

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simmering

  1. 1 :  to cook gently at or just below the boiling point

  2. 2 :  to be on the point of bursting out with violence or anger



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