boil down

phrasal verb
Word forms "boil down":
present tense I/you/we/they boil down he/she/it boils down present participle boiling down past tense boiled down past participle boiled down
1) [intransitive/transitive] to become smaller in quantity after cooking because some of the liquid has turned to gas, or to make something do this

Boil the meat juices down to make a thick sauce.

2) [transitive] to make something such as a piece of writing shorter by giving only the basic, most important facts
boil something down to something:

Whole pages of information get boiled down to one paragraph in the paper.

English dictionary. 2014.

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