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British English: /bɔɪl/
American English: /bɔɪl/

Translation of boil in French:


  • 1to be on the boil (British English) [literal] [figurative] to bring something to the boil
    porter quelque chose à ébullition
    to come to the boil
    commencer à bouillir
    to go off the boil (British English)
    cesser de bouillir
    baisser en qualité
    to be off the boil
    avoir cessé de bouillir
    être au ralenti
    être moins tendu

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • 1
    (water, vegetables etc)
    the kettle is boiling
    l'eau bout (dans la bouilloire)
    wait for the kettle to boil
    attends que l'eau bouille (dans la bouilloire)
    the saucepan boiled dry
    toute l'eau de la casserole s'est évaporée
  • 2 [figurative]
    bouillir (with de)
    to make somebody's blood boil
    faire sortir quelqu'un de ses gonds

also: boiled past participle adjective

  • (Culinary)boiled chicken boiled egg boiled fish
    poisson (m) au court-bouillon
    boiled potatoes
    pommes (fpl) de terre à l'anglaise
    boiled sweet [dated] (British English)
    bonbon (m) à sucer

Phrasal verbs

boil away

1.1 (go on boiling) 1.2 (evaporate)

boil down

1 boil down (Culinary)
se réaliser (par ébullition)
2 boil down to
se ramener or se résumer à
3 boil down [something], boil [something] down 3.1
faire réduire [quelque chose] (par ébullition) (liquid, sauce)
3.2 (condense)
réduire (text) (to à)

boil over

1.1 [literal]
déborder, se sauver [informal]
1.2 [figurative]
(anger, tension, excitement)

boil up

1 boil up [literal] [figurative] 2 boil up [something], boil [something] up
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