intransitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to turn into caramel (sense )
- to brown and sweeten with heat: said of meat, onions, etc.
verbcar·a·mel·ized, car·a·mel·iz·ing, car·a·mel·iz·es
To be converted into a brown syrup: Sugar caramelizes when heated.
To cook (food), often with sugar, until a brown syrup is formed: caramelized the onions.
(third-person singular simple present caramelizes, present participle caramelizing, simple past and past participle caramelized)