\ ˈbāk \
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


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

Our home faced west and the porch would bake as the sun moved across the sky. Jacques Kelly,, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 The One Who Cooks Gross Food That Stanks The roommate who randomly bakes chocolate chip cookies on Saturday afternoon = the best. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "The 10 Worst Roommates Everyone Lives With At Some Point," 10 July 2018 At first, Della is ecstatic about the prospect of baking the cake for Jen’s upcoming wedding. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Onstage, the New Gay Agenda Involves Cake and Not Getting Fired," 8 July 2018 Media: MyRecipes Levin’s recipe originally called for baking the cake in a Bundt pan, which makes for a particularly attractive appearance. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "This classic coffee cake is what good mornings are made of," 18 June 2018 After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking until filling is vigorously bubbling in center and bottom crust is golden, about 1 hour. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Rhubarb: How to cook, store, freeze the perfect pie plant," 29 May 2018 In the name of nostalgia, Melissa kicks off the video by baking a cake with an EasyBake Oven. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "Watch Melissa McCarthy Try 9 Things She's Never Done Before," 11 May 2018 Sweeten her day with cupcakes How many times has your mom baked you a birthday cake? For Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "10 ways to win Mother's Day with gifts she’ll love – all at Kroger," 10 May 2018 Divide batter between muffin-pan cups (about 1/4 cup each) and bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Mint Julep Cupcakes," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Transfer the ramekins to the oven and bake for 23 minutes, or until the egg whites are fully cooked but the yolks are still runny. Sally Singer, Vogue, "Hollywood’s Favorite Detox Resort Launches a Delicious Vegetarian Cookbook," 13 June 2018 Return to oven and bake, rotating pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through, until bacon is crisp, 10–15 minutes (time will vary depending on your preferred level of crispiness). Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "Maple-Sriracha Glazed Bacon," 28 May 2018 Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs attached, 30 to 35 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Delicious Dessert Recipes," 3 Jan. 2018 Season with barbecue sauce, bake in the Texan sun for 10 days, and garnish with Bill Murray in a bucket hat. H.w. Vail, Vanities, "A Fully Evolved South by Southwest Goes for Maximum Pop," 20 Apr. 2018 The store offers a gourmet cheese shop, in-house smoked barbecue items, hot pizza by the slice or take-and-bake, fresh smoothies and gourmet popcorn. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wine bars and small kitchen appliances: Roundy's remodels three stores in metro Milwaukee," 31 Jan. 2018 Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Bake on the center rack for 15 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for 10 minutes more, or until the crostata is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Peach Crostata with Almond Cream," 30 May 2018 Place the rolls on a cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven about 20 minutes. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You Asked for It: Final Approach Tilapia-Wrapped Shrimp," 12 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \
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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