There are 2 main translations of boil in Spanish:

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boil 1

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

intransitive verb

  • 1.1 (be at boiling point)
    the kettle's boiling!
    ¡hierve el agua!
    add boiling water
    añada agua hirviendo
    the rice has boiled dry
    el arroz se ha quedado sin agua
    1.2 (seethe) [literary]
    Example sentences
    • Outside, the wind was blowing and dark storm clouds were boiling.
    • Clouds boiled in the sky overhead, blocking out the sun and heralding a storm.
    • I stood on the front porch watching horizontal sheets of rain sweep up the driveway as the clouds boiled menacingly overhead.
    1.3 (be excited) See examples: he was boiling with rage
    le hervía la sangre de rabia

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (bring to boiling point)
    llevar a punto de ebullición [formal]
    1.2 (keep at boiling point)
    dejar hervir
    1.3 (cook in boiling water)
    boil the eggs for three minutes
    cocer or hervir los huevos tres minutos
    Example sentences
    • Instead, they found it was healthier to boil food in water or a light stock.
    • In addition, wherever eggs have been boiled for the recipes above, then they need to be peeled before moving on to the next stage of the recipe.
    • British travellers can fall victim to the disease if they do not boil food and water before consumption.
    1.4 (wash at boiling point)
    Example sentences
    • The first surgical gloves were boiled to achieve sterilization.
    • You can also sterilise equipment by boiling it in water for at least 10 minutes.
    • If you are not satisfied that this washing powder boils your clothes whiter than any other washing product return the unused portion of the first packet you buy to us and we will send you double its purchase price.
    Example sentences
    • I had to boil up the water in an old kettle with a frayed wire.
    • Water was boiled in kettles, saucepans and other containers on the top of the stove, and baking done in the oven.
    • The first paddle steamers typically used oil-fired boilers, which provided heat to boil water, which generated steam to power the boat.
    Example sentences
    • When the kettle had been boiled and the tea had been made we all went up to Terri's bedroom.
    • She came to the rescue by boiling up seven kettles of water on her range and arranged for them to be delivered to the school.
    • This means having to boil up saucepans of water to have a bath.
  • 2
    also: boiled past participle
    pasado por agua
    boiled sweet (British English)
    caramelo (masculine) de fruta


  • (boiling point) See examples:on the boilthe vegetables are on the boil
    las verduras se están haciendo
    to keep the kettle on the boil
    mantener el agua hirviendo
    he has another project on the boil
    tiene otro proyecto entre manos
    to bring something to the boilbring the water back to the boil
    dejar que el agua vuelva a romper el hervor or [formal] vuelva a alcanzar el punto de ebullición
    they have brought the issue back to the boil
    han vuelto a poner el tema sobre el tapete
    to go off the boildon't let the pot go off the boil
    que el agua ( or la sopa etc) no deje de hervir
    interest in the affair has gone off the boil
    ha decaído el interés en el asunto
    Example sentences
    • Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, and simmer for fifteen minutes.
    • Bring to a boil and slowly whisk in the cornstarch, a little at a time.
    • Combine the milk, butter and vanilla in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil.

Phrasal verbs

boil away

1verb + adverb (evaporate)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (cause to evaporate)

boil down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

boil down to

verb + adverb + preposition + object
reducirse a
what it boils down to is this

boil off

boil away 2

boil over

verb + adverb
irse por el fuego
subirse (Chile)
perder el control
the demonstration boiled over into a riot
la manifestación terminó en una revuelta

boil up

verb + adverb
estarse preparando

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There are 2 main translations of boil in Spanish:

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boil 2
American English: /bɔɪl/
British English: /bɔɪl/


  • (Medicine)
    Example sentences
    • You can use them to treat sores, bruises, cuts, boils and inflammatory skin conditions.
    • Symptoms of diabetes include having to get up at night to go to the toilet, feeling thirsty, lacking energy and getting reoccurring infections such as boils and abscesses.
    • It is useful for boils and skin ulcerations, like bedsores and canker sores.

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