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simmer

verb sim·mer \ ˈsi-mər \

Definition of simmer

simmered; simmering play \ˈsi-mə-riŋ, ˈsim-riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to stew gently below or just at the boiling point
2 a :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of simmer

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

simmer Synonyms


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simmer

noun

Definition of simmer

:the state of simmering

Examples of simmer in a Sentence

  1. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

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First Known Use of simmer

1809


SIMMER Defined for English Language Learners

simmer

verb

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

noun

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

verb sim·mer \ ˈsi-mər \

Definition of simmer for Students

simmered; simmering
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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