from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To convert or be converted into caramel.

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  • v. To convert sugar into caramel.
  • v. To brown sugar by means of heat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to to convert [usu. sugar] into caramel, by the action of heat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To transform or convert into caramel: as, caramelized sugar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. convert to caramel
  • v. be converted into caramel


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