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

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company is known for taking its time to fully bake shows that then generate buzz and acclaim. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2022 So every year for projects or classes, if there was an option to bake something with a cake or cookies, that was always my go-to. Kara Baskin,, 20 Sep. 2022 Carefully remove the foil and continue to bake until the custard is set in the center and the top is golden, about 30 minutes longer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Her twin sister Avery loves to bake but can’t draw. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 14 Sep. 2022 Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022 Crack an egg into each well and season with salt and black pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and bake mixture until egg whites are set but yolks are still runny, 5–8 minutes. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 9 Sep. 2022 Gruyère and a double dose of Swiss cheese help this creamy recipe to bake to gooey perfection. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Sep. 2022 Grill or saute and toss over pasta, or bake it into quick breads and cakes. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, 9 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These kid-friendly no-bake treats have a double dose of peanuts in the form of whole peanuts and peanut butter. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 Way tastier than a pumpkin spice latte, this no-bake cake is a winner no matter the season. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 31 Aug. 2022 Press a crunchy shortbread cookie crumb crust into the base of each medium-size egg, then pour in a creamy, no-bake lime-cream cheese filling and chill. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Aug. 2022 Salads, sandwiches, and no-bake desserts jump into the weekly rotation. Anna Francese Gass, Bon Appétit, 21 July 2022 Check out this recipe for peanut butter banana dog treats, or opt for a no-bake snack with this frozen peanut butter banana recipe. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 6 July 2022 It’s topped with a cheesecake-like, no-bake whipped topping that whisks together in a stand mixer in around 5 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 July 2022 In Nome, Alaska, Bonnie June Johnson was known for her strict leadership of the town’s Division of Motor Vehicles office and for the sweetness of her no-bake oatmeal cookies, said her daughter, Julie Johnson Szczech, 52, of Fairbanks, Alaska. New York Times, 30 June 2022 Made with salmon oil, pumpkin, brewer's yeast, and kefir, these no-bake frozen treats can help bring relief to dogs with itchy skin. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bake


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


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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More Definitions for bake


\ 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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