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bake

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verb \ˈbāk\

Simple Definition of bake

  • : to make (food, such as bread and cake) by preparing a dough, batter, etc., and cooking it in an oven using dry heat

  • : to cook (food) in an oven using dry heat

  • : to be cooked in an oven

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bake

baked

baking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cook (as food) by dry heat especially in an oven

  3. 2 :  to dry or harden by subjecting to heat

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to prepare food by baking it

  6. 2 :  to become baked

  7. 3 :  to be or become extremely hot <sidewalks baking in the sun>

baker

noun

Examples of bake in a sentence

  1. She wrapped the fish in foil and baked it for 15 minutes.

  2. How long has the cake been baking?

  3. They baked the bricks in the sun.

  4. The streets were baking in the afternoon heat.



Origin and Etymology of bake

Middle English, from Old English bacan; akin to Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to roast


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bake

noun

Definition of bake

  1. 1 :  the act or process of baking

  2. 2 :  a social gathering at which a baked food is served



1565

First Known Use of bake

1565



BAKE Defined for Kids

bake

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verb \ˈbāk\

Definition of bake for Students

baked

baking

  1. 1 :  to cook or become cooked in a dry heat especially in an oven

  2. 2 :  to dry or harden by heat <bake clay>




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