verb (used with object), verb (used without object), distilled, distilling. Chiefly British.
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distil or distill (dɪsˈtɪl)
vb (sometimes foll by out or off) , -tils, -tills, -tilling, -tilled
1.  See also rectify to subject to or undergo distillation
2.  to purify, separate, or concentrate, or be purified, separated, or concentrated by distillation
3.  to obtain or be obtained by distillation: to distil whisky
4.  to exude or give off (a substance) in drops or small quantities
5.  (tr) to extract the essence of as if by distillation
[C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip]
distill or distill
[C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip]
dis'tillable or distill

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Example sentences
They then heated the result in a pressurised, oxygen-free environment to distil
  out what they could in the form of a treacly oil.
Some distil seawater by heating it up to evaporate part of it.
The listings, and the information that they distil, can help a student with
  that choice.
It is a huge task to distil this information and the reader is advised to look
  up individual maps in the reference list below.
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