[kar-uh-muh-lahyz, kahr-muh-]

verb (used with or without object), car·a·mel·ized, car·a·mel·iz·ing.

to convert or be converted into caramel.

Also especially British, car·a·mel·ise.

Origin of caramelize

First recorded in 1720–30; caramel + -ize
Related formscar·a·mel·i·za·tion, nounun·car·a·mel·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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to convert or be converted into caramel
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Word Origin and History for caramelize

1837, from caramel + -ize. Earlier was past participle adjective carameled (1727). Related: Caramelized; caramelizing.

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