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 for boil down
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  boil down
      v 1: be the essential element; "The proposal boils down to a
           compromise" [syn: reduce, come down, boil down]
      2: be cooked until very little liquid is left; "The sauce should
         reduce to one cup" [syn: boil down, reduce, decoct,
      3: cook until very little liquid is left; "The cook reduced the
         sauce by boiling it for a long time" [syn: reduce, boil
         down, concentrate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  43 Moby Thesaurus words for "boil down":
     abbreviate, abridge, abstract, bob, capsulize, clip, compress,
     condense, contract, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down,
     cut off short, cut short, dock, elide, epitomize, foreshorten, mow,
     nip, poll, pollard, prune, reap, recap, recapitulate, reduce,
     retrench, shave, shear, shorten, snub, streamline, stunt, sum up,
     summarize, synopsize, take in, telescope, trim, truncate

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