There are 2 translations of boil in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /bɔɪl/

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1.1 (be at boiling point) [water/meat/vegetables] hervir* 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/literario] [sea] bullir* [literary/literario] 1.3 (be excited) he was boiling with rage le hervía la sangre de rabia

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (bring to boiling point) [water/milk] hervir*, llevar a punto de ebullición [formal] 1.2 (keep at boiling point) [soup/sauce] hervir*, dejar hervir 1.3 (cook in boiling water) [vegetables/beef] cocer*, hervir* boil the eggs for three minutes cocer or hervir los huevos tres minutos 1.4 (wash at boiling point) [cotton/linen] hervir*
  • 2
    (boiled past participle of/participio pasado de)
    [potatoes/rice/cabbage] hervido; [ham] cocido [egg] (soft) pasado por agua; (hard) duro boiled sweet (British English/inglés británico) caramelo (masculine) de fruta


  • (boiling point) on the boil the 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 sth to the boil bring 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 boil don'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
    More 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

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (evaporate) [sauce/water] consumirse, evaporarse 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (cause to evaporate) evaporar

boil down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
(reduce) [stock/sauce] reducir*

boil down to

verb + adverb + preposition + object/verbo + adverbio + preposición + complemento
reducirse* a what it boils down to is this en resumidas cuentas, lo que pasa es esto or todo se reduce a esto

boil off

boil away 2

boil over

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
1.1 [milk] irse* por el fuego, salirse*, subirse (Chile) ; [pan] desbordarse 1.2 [person] perder* el control the demonstration boiled over into a riot la manifestación terminó en una revuelta

boil up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
[colloquial/familiar] estarse* preparando

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There are 2 translations of boil in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /bɔɪl/


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