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Verb: boil down  boyl dawn
  1. Be the essential element
    "The proposal boils down to a compromise";
    - reduce, come down
  2. (cooking) be cooked until very little liquid is left
    "The sauce should boil down to one cup";
    - reduce, decoct [archaic], concentrate
  3. (cooking) cook until very little liquid is left
    "The cook boiled down the sauce by boiling it for a long time";
    - reduce, concentrate

Derived forms: boiling down, boiled down, boils down

Type of: become, decrease, diminish, fall, lessen, minify, turn