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The words are not really comparable. They are rarely used as adjectives, actually. But when they are, their meaning can overlap or also not overlap. "To boil" is primarily a verb. It denotes the process of cooking vegetables by immersing them in water at roiling boil. "A stew" is primarily a noun. It denotes a kind of meal which has a liquid component, ...


The distinction is not so much what you add as what you do with the liquid. If I am making boiled carrots, when they're done I drain them, throwing the water away or possibly saving it to make soup with some other time, and serve the carrots. If I am making a vegetable stew then not only do I add things to the liquid (to flavour or thicken it, or both) but I ...

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