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[dih-stil] /dɪˈstɪl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), distilled, distilling. Chiefly British
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British Dictionary definitions for distil


verb -tils, -tills, -tilling, -tilled
to subject to or undergo distillation See also rectify (sense 2)
sometimes foll by out or off. to purify, separate, or concentrate, or be purified, separated, or concentrated by distillation
to obtain or be obtained by distillation: to distil whisky
to exude or give off (a substance) in drops or small quantities
(transitive) to extract the essence of as if by distillation
Derived Forms
distillable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēstillāre to distil, from de- + stillāre to drip
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