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boil [sth] down vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (liquid: reduce) (por cocción)reducir vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
  (medicina)forúnculo nmnombre masculino: Sustantivo de género exclusivamente masculino ("televisor", "piso").
 The cook boiled down the drippings to a rich gravy.
 La cocción redujo el líquido a una rica salsa.
boil down vi + prep (lquid: be reduced)reducir viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa").
Note: Úsase también como pronominal: reducirse.
 Heat the water until it boils down to a volume of about 10ml.
 Caliente el agua hasta que se haya reducido a un volumen de unos 10 ml.
boil down to [sth] vi phrasal + prep figurative, informal (be essentially)en resumidas cuentas loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa").
  reducirse a v prnl + prep
 What it all boils down to is a failure to plan.
  En resumidas cuentas, tienen que tomar una decisión.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
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Compound Forms:
boil down to [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] figurative, informal (be essentially)reducirse a v prnl + prep
 What it all boils down to is a failure to plan.
  Todos estos problemas se reducen a la falta de medios económicos.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
boil it down,
boil it all down
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
figurative (reduce to essence) (figurado)reducirse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse").
 When you boil it all down, you have two choices: In or out.
 A fin de cuentas, todo se reduce a dos opciones: estás adentro o afuera.
  ser en esencia loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
  Más allá de todo el debate, este tema es en esencia una cuestión de dinero.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
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