\ ˈbāk How to pronounce bake (audio) \
baked; baking

Definition of bake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cook by dry heat especially in an oven bake a cake bake bread baked potatoes baking [=roasting] a chicken
2 : to dry or harden by subjecting to heat

intransitive verb

1 : to prepare food by baking it a cook who enjoys baking
2 : to become baked a loaf of bread baking in the oven
3 : to be or become extremely hot sidewalks baking in the sun



Definition of bake (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of baking
2 : a social gathering at which a baked food is served

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Other Words from bake


baker noun

Examples of bake in a Sentence

Verb She wrapped the fish in foil and baked it for 15 minutes. How long has the cake been baking? They baked the bricks in the sun. The streets were baking in the afternoon heat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though there are a few mishaps while cooking — like accidentally spilling half the batter on the computer — the cornbread eventually makes it to the oven to bake. Mary Honkus,, "Jennifer Garner Makes Cornbread With Her Mom on FaceTime in Hilarious Video: 'Tastes Like Home'," 29 July 2020 Discard the remaining dough scraps (or bake them off as a cook’s treat, as the texture may not be quite as good). Washington Post, "Alfajores (Cornstarch Cookies With Dulce de Leche)," 2 July 2020 All the other locations bake their own cakes and cookies on-site, David Maluff says. Bob Carlton |, al, "The secret behind this Alabama BBQ joint’s beloved cake," 30 June 2020 On an average day, Stafford and her husband bake about 200 cinnamon rolls a day--one of the shop's top seller, along with their signature blueberry-lavender cookies and red velvet treats. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Texas City's Bear Fruit bakery gives $30K to fellow businesses during COVID-19 pandemic," 8 July 2020 Even so, some findings—like the fact that GCHQ has a choir and does bake sales—did get left out, Mohammed says. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "David Schwimmer and costar Nick Mohammed on their new workplace comedy ‘Intelligence’," 6 July 2020 Arrange on a baking sheet, and bake until toasted and golden, 10 to 11 minutes. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Chrissy Teigen shares her favorite recipes for the Fourth of July," 1 July 2020 Place steak on a resting rack with a sheet pan underneath and bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until internal temperature reaches 110 degrees F. 4. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Fourth of July grilling: Raising the stakes with steak," 29 June 2020 To get the look, bake our Blueberry Basil Tarts or a Sour Cherry Pie and let the filling shine. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Patriotic Pies on Instagram You've Got to See to Believe," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Transfer the plums and juices to a heatproof baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring several times, until the fruit is soft to the touch but not yet breaking up. Washington Post, "Make the roasted plums: Position a baking rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.," 5 Aug. 2020 Divide among prepared pans and bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 28 to 32 min. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spiderweb Cake," 30 July 2020 Spread pieces on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, until golden and crisp; let cool. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Avoid the oven! Here are five recipes to make this week.," 27 July 2020 Place the salmon skin-side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Justin Phillips,, "Bay Area salmon season is in full swing for home cooks but uncertain for fishers," 13 July 2020 As Jo and Amanda and Abner bake, the ingredients are listed in the video. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Challenges Johnnyswim to a Bake Off," 6 July 2020 Line dough with foil, fill with pie weights and bake for 15 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Veggies galore: The joy of meatless meals," 23 June 2020 This is the slow food, 20-plus-hour sourdough bake of gaming experiences. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Homebound with EarthBound," 5 July 2020 Spellman raised almost $2,000 for the project with two bake sales and a Crowd Rise account. Ebony Day, The Arizona Republic, "Tempe Girl Scout's project creates place to honorably retire American flags," 4 July 2020

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First Known Use of bake


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bake


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

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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈbāk How to pronounce bake (audio) \
baked; baking

Kids Definition of bake

1 : to cook or become cooked in a dry heat especially in an oven
2 : to dry or harden by heat bake clay

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