Meaning of BROIL in English


broil /brɔɪl/ BrE AmE verb

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: bruler 'to burn' ]

1 . [transitive] American English to cook something under direct heat, or over a flame on a ↑ barbecue SYN grill British English :

broiled chicken

2 . [intransitive] American English to become very hot:

We lay broiling in the sun.

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■ ways of cooking something

▪ bake to cook things such as bread or cakes in an oven:

Tom baked a cake for my birthday.

▪ roast to cook meat or vegetables in an oven:

Roast the potatoes for an hour.

▪ fry to cook food in hot oil:

She was frying some mushrooms.

▪ stir-fry to fry small pieces of food while moving them around continuously:

stir-fried tofu and bean sprouts

▪ sauté /ˈsəʊteɪ $ soʊˈteɪ/ to fry vegetables for a short time in a small amount of butter or oil:

Sauté the potatoes in butter.

▪ grill to cook food over or under strong heat:

grilled fish

▪ broil American English to cook food under heat:

broiled fish

▪ boil to cook something in very hot water:

He doesn’t even know how to boil an egg.


English people seem to love boiled vegetables.

▪ steam to cook vegetables over hot water:

Steam the rice for 15 minutes.

▪ poach to cook food, especially fish or eggs, slowly in hot water:

poached salmon

▪ toast to cook the outside surfaces of bread:

toasted muffins

▪ barbecue to cook food on a metal frame over a fire outdoors:

I thought we could barbecue some mackerel.

▪ microwave to cook food in a microwave oven:

The beans can be microwaved.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.