Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be converted into a brown syrup.
  • intransitive verb To cook (food), often with sugar, until a brown syrup is formed.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb convert to caramel
  • verb be converted into caramel

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Examples

  • As they cook, the onions keep going and eventually they are going to caramelize, which is a controlled burn of the sugars in the onion, and that's going to give a savory sweet underflavor to the soup.

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  • The bacon grease would fry the edges of the cornbread and the sugar would caramelize to make beautiful rich brown crust.

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  • Sweeteners such as sugar, in order to caramelize the carnitas?

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  • Once the apples are sizzling, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the stew is ready, stirring occasionally and letting the onions and apples caramelize.

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  • Sweeteners such as sugar, in order to caramelize the carnitas?

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  • In this episode, while she's waiting for the sugar, corn syrup, and water mixture to come to the boil and caramelize, she says, People are scared of recipes that have spun sugar.

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  • The dates nearly caramelize in the oven, and the salty bacon, the sweet date, and the crunchy almond exploding in your mouth all at the same time, well, it's just a bit spectacular considering it's all wrapped up in such a small little bundle.

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  • This will caramelize the cabbage and a touch of salt will be good seasoning or else some thin slices of bacon or salt beef will suit all tastes and religion.

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  • In this episode, while she's waiting for the sugar, corn syrup, and water mixture to come to the boil and caramelize, she says, People are scared of recipes that have spun sugar.

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  • The liquid should reduce and caramelize on the skin of the goat.

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