\ 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

Other potential performance pickups might come from security mitigation baked into the new Whiskey Lake U chips, rather than solved in the UEFI. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 In addition, side contracts, which are updated every so often by Io, provide new ways to play old missions, with entirely new characters and scenarios baked into existing levels. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 Korean Air, Turkish Airlines, SpiceJet, Swiss, Qatar Airways, and Cathay Pacific are just a few airlines that will bake a cake or special dessert for onboard enjoyment (sadly, no domestic carriers offer this amenity). Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yep, In-Flight Cake Deliveries Are a Real Thing," 10 July 2018 There’s a sense of accomplishment in baking a cake, pie or batch of cookies and having people react to that. Lynn Petrak,, "Petrak: Craving the dying art of home cooking and baking? You can find it at west suburban farmers markets.," 5 July 2018 The Duchess reportedly baked it herself last night in the kitchen of Admiralty House in Sydney. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Baked Homemade Banana Bread For a Farming Family in Australia," 17 Oct. 2018 Part of this is undoubtedly due to the city’s zoning laws, which have requirements baked in that obligate the creation of curbside parking spaces for each new building. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "New York City is the perfect scooter market, but it’s also the most impossible," 11 Aug. 2018 Wings might not sound like an Italian staple, but the ones here are baked with olive oil and Italian herbs. Tim Smith,, "Good pizza, pasta and more at Pie in the Sky," 27 June 2018 The Caldwell store also has a bakery that will bake the same pastry recipes as the other spots. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Where can you get coffee in Caldwell? Try this new spot just off the Indian Creek Plaza | Idaho Statesman," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Transfer the baking sheet to the oven, and bake for 25 to 27 minutes. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Okay, so while nothing beats the perfection of watching the rise (and fall) of beautiful bakes, horror has, since late 2016, helped me cultivate some psychological battle armor. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "In 2018, Horror Movies Are the Most Comforting Things I Watch," 19 Nov. 2018 Transfer skillet to oven and bake, basting dumplings with butter from pan midway through cooking, until dumplings are firm, 12-15 minutes. 5. Pour stock through a fine-mesh strainer. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Transfer the baking sheet with the pie on it to the oven and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until the pie juices are beginning to bubble in the center and the crumble topping is a uniformly deep golden color. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 There will be a cornhole tournament, pie bake-off, family games and activities, a flashlight candy hunt and live music July 3. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you need to know about Fourth of July in Milwaukee and the suburbs," 6 June 2018 Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until chicken is cooked and breadcrumbs are golden, about 15 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Light Chicken Parmesan," 5 Jan. 2016 Transfer the sheet to the top rack of the oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the cookies are slightly golden brown on the edges but still soft in the middle. Redbook, "A Healthier Treat: Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies," 5 Mar. 2013 Place the confit in the oven and bake for 2½ to 3 hours, until the meat is tender but not falling off the bones. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Crispy Duck Confit with Potatoes, Onions, and Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe," 2 Sep. 2010

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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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