simmer

verb
sim·​mer | \ ˈsi-mər How to pronounce simmer (audio) \
simmered; simmering\ ˈsi-​mə-​riŋ How to pronounce simmer (audio) , ˈsim-​riŋ \

Definition of simmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to stew gently below or just at the boiling point
2a : to be in a state of incipient development : ferment ideas simmering in the back of my mind
b : to be in inward turmoil : seethe

transitive verb

: to cook slowly in a liquid just below the boiling point

simmer

noun

Definition of simmer (Entry 2 of 2)

: the state of simmering

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Synonyms for simmer

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of simmer in a Sentence

Verb Simmer the stew for 40 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. The chicken was simmered in a cream sauce. The dispute simmered for years before any progress was made. It's a debate that has simmered for 30 years and is likely to continue. Long-simmering tensions between the two groups eventually sparked violence. Noun Bring the mixture to a simmer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gebru's sudden exit sparked anger among many Google employees and others in the tech industry that continues to simmer months later, often exhibited via emotional posts on Twitter. Rachel Metz, CNN, "Google rethinks how it handles 'sensitive' employee exits after controversy over AI researcher's departure," 19 Feb. 2021 Add the chopped tomatoes and beans, simmer for a further 5 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Porotos Ganados, Moqueca Bahaina, Carapulcra and more: Stews full of comfort from South America," 14 Jan. 2021 Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the pan is nearly dry. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: This New Year’s, indulge in a classic steak marchand de vin, with a red-wine pan sauce and old-school charm," 29 Dec. 2020 But dissent continued to simmer in Daraa, even as government forces took their battle to other fronts. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, "Escalating violence in strategic Syrian city belies Assad’s claim that he’s in control," 24 Nov. 2020 Lower the heat a bit, and simmer the celery root for about an hour or so, until cooked through and tender. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Celery Root and Apple Salad," 28 Oct. 2020 Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "After 20 years, beloved Twin Cities soupmaker behind Birdsong Soups is retiring," 27 Jan. 2021 Reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. June Naylor, Dallas News, "Quick and healthy: 5 (mostly) plant-based bowl recipes," 27 Jan. 2021 As travel anxieties continue to simmer, regionally specific sites offer good drive-to options. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "Airbnb Alternatives: 5 Highly Selective Rental Sites," 21 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To prepare the peanut sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring coconut milk, curry paste, peanut butter, salt, brown sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, water and pepper flakes to a simmer, whisking constantly. Star Tribune, "Sunday Supper: Peanut Noodle and Pork Satay," 19 Feb. 2021 Transfer chicken pieces to a serving platter and turn heat down to low. Add chicken stock and red onions (and any vinegar in the bowl) to the pan and turn heat up to medium and bring liquid to a simmer. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Give chicken piccata a spin with brown butter and fresh mandarins," 5 Feb. 2021 Gently submerge the chicken into the simmering broth, cover, raise the heat to high until the broth returns to a simmer. Dallas News, "Persian chicken soup recipe with saffron, rose petals, and lamb meatballs," 4 Feb. 2021 When the water comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and stir once a minute for 5 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower," 3 Feb. 2021 Bring to a simmer, then cover, reduce to low, and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Three recipes that take the guesswork out of braising chicken," 2 Feb. 2021 Reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a simmer. Washington Post, "Loaded baked potato soup is the simple, luscious bowl of comfort I crave in colder months," 4 Jan. 2021 Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook uncovered until slightly thickened and lightened in color, 20 to 25 minutes. Megan Splawn, chicagotribune.com, "The Kitchn: Turkey Bolognese makes loads of leftovers," 8 Dec. 2020 Add the diced carrots and turnips and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Monticello White Bean Soup," 10 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of simmer

Verb

1637, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1758, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for simmer

Verb

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

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28 Feb 2021

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“Simmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/simmer. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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simmer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of simmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of simmer (Entry 2 of 2)

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

simmer

verb
sim·​mer | \ ˈsi-mər How to pronounce simmer (audio) \
simmered; simmering

Kids Definition of simmer

1 : to cook gently at or just below the boiling point
2 : to be on the point of bursting out with violence or anger

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