caramelizes, caramelizing, caramelized
(in BRIT, also use caramelise)
1) VERB If sugar caramelizes, it turns to caramel as a result of being heated.

Place pan over a high heat until the butter and sugar start to caramelize.

2) VERB If you caramelize something such as fruit, you cook it with sugar so that it is coated with caramel.

[V n] I decided to caramelize the onion, and use it to bring some sweetness to the dish.

[V-ed] ...caramelised apples and pears.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • caramelize — v. t. 1 to to convert [usu. sugar] into caramel, by the action of heat. Syn: caramelise. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caramelize — 1842, from CARAMEL (Cf. caramel) + IZE (Cf. ize). Earlier was carameled (1727) …   Etymology dictionary

  • caramelize — (Amer.) v. make into caramel; turn into caramel (also caramelise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • caramelize — [kär′mə līz΄, kar′ə məlīz΄] vt., vi. caramelized, caramelizing to turn into CARAMEL (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • caramelize — verb a) (Cooking) To convert sugar into caramel. Slowly cooking the onions will caramelize them, which brings out the sweetness and gives them a brown color. b) (Cooking) To brown sugar by means of heat. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • caramelize — caramel ► NOUN 1) sugar or syrup heated until it turns brown, used as a flavouring or colouring for food or drink. 2) a soft toffee made with sugar and butter that have been melted and further heated. DERIVATIVES caramelize (also caramelise) verb …   English terms dictionary

  • caramelize — verb ( ized; izing) Date: 1842 transitive verb to change (as sugar) into caramel intransitive verb to change to caramel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • caramelize — caramelization, n. /kar euh meuh luyz , kahr meuh /, v.t., v.i., caramelized, caramelizing. to convert or be converted into caramel. Also, esp. Brit., caramelise. [1720 30; CARAMEL + IZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • caramelize — car|a|mel|ize also caramelise BrE [ˈkærəməlaız] v 1.) if sugar caramelizes, it becomes brown and hard when it is heated 2.) [T] to cook something such as fruit or vegetables with sugar >caramelized[i] adj ▪ caramelized onions …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • caramelize — car·a·mel·ize …   English syllables

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