caramelize

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From caramel +‎ -ize.

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caramelize (third-person singular simple present caramelizes, present participle caramelizing, simple past and past participle caramelized)

  1. (cooking, transitive) To convert (sugar) into caramel.
  2. (cooking, transitive) To brown (sugar) by means of heat.
    Slowly cooking the onions will caramelize them, which brings out the sweetness and gives them a brown color.
  3. (cooking, intransitive) To undergo this kind of conversion or browning.

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