\ 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 When ready to bake chicken, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 25 July 2021 Use them to bake pie, crumbles, compotes, salsas, and to top yogurt. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 23 July 2021 Transfer to the prepared cake pan and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes., 21 July 2021 Johnson-Granville recalled going to an ice cream shop in the neighborhood and learning how to sew and bake cookies with her Girl Scout troop there. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Pour mixture into pan and bake about 30 minutes until golden brown. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 July 2021 As hot weather continued to bake the state Monday, multiple fires in Northern California increased in size and threatened communities, with the worst two being the Dixie and Tamarack fires. Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2021 Transfer skillet to oven and bake until kale-meatballs cook through, about 25 minutes. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 9 July 2021 To bake the pita chips: Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Arrange the pita bread pieces on a baking sheet. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company behind restaurants including Primo’s MX Kitchen and Lounge, Sfereco and Overeasy offers a Passover menu that is ready to reheat and a take-and-bake menu for Easter. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 24 Mar. 2021 Arrange on a single layer on a large baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through, until lightly browned. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 27 Jan. 2021 For a device that can toast, bake, broil, reheat and more, look no further than Breville’s line of smart ovens. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, 26 Nov. 2020 Something that is such a simple concept but a key to a good bake is a quality rolling pin. Chris Hachey, BGR, 30 June 2021 Pop the skillet in the oven and bake until just set in the center, about 20 minutes. Caroline Lange, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2021 The double-crosses aren't fun and yet there's not enough social message in the bake. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 This comforting chicken bake tastes best with cutlets, which are always a great weeknight option. New York Times, 4 June 2021 Patrons can watch the baking process from the first cracked egg to the final bake. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021

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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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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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