\ 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


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

This reaction is baked into the sport, where it's long been assumed that black athletes will dominate sprints. Tim Layden,, "Is High School Sprint Phenom and Viral Star Matthew Boling the Future of Track?," 19 June 2019 Apple’s system would bake that protection into the protocol itself, taking an openly adversarial stance toward any data shared with outside apps. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Apple’s new sign-in button is built for a post-Cambridge Analytica world," 8 June 2019 In real life, the two singers publicly ended their infamous feud last week, with Perry sharing a photo of the cookies Swift baked her. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Taylor Swift releases star-studded video for "You Need To Calm Down," challenging anti-LGBTQ beliefs," 17 June 2019 For the whitest, prettiest meringues, bake them at a low temperature. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: For a glorious summer dessert, make individual Pavlovas topped with berries and cream," 10 June 2019 Slice and bake it into these easy cheesy scones for a savory breakfast treat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Ham and Cheese Scones," 7 Mar. 2019 Unlike the other volcanoes that tower above the clouds or bake in the island’s heat, it’s covered by verdant pastures, home to many of Hawaii’s ranches. James Sturz, WSJ, "Hawaii’s Big Island By Bike: A Heart-Racing, Spectacularly Scenic Trip," 12 Feb. 2019 Colonists would cut the tops of pumpkins off, remove the seeds, fill the pumpkins with milk, spices, and honey, then bake them in hot ashes. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "16 Pumpkin Facts That'll Make You Say "Oh My Gourd"," 6 Aug. 2018 In Brittany, kouign-amann is made in individual sizes (about the size of a coaster) or baked in large pans, to share. Dallas News, "'Best thing I've ever eaten': Hard-to-pronounce French pastry is heavy, buttery and crisp with sugar," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The blueberry muffin bake-off takes place on Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. Ysabelle Kempe,, "Photo competitions, scavenger hunts, and extended summer hours," 3 July 2019 There’s also no shortage of traditional summertime family fun, including an apple pie bake-off, watermelon eating competition, live entertainment and July Fourth fireworks. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Sprinkle lightly with salt and bake at 300°F until toasted, about 35 to 45 minutes, checking and stirring every 10 minutes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds for the Perfect Fall Snack," 21 Nov. 2018 This no-bake bar pays homage to the classic, but ups the ante with milk chocolate mixed into the crisped rice and drizzled over a white chocolate topping. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Raise the (cookie) bar with these 7 irresistible recipes," 17 June 2019 Then the carbon settles down for a long bake inside Algordanza’s high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) machines. Glenn Mcdonald, National Geographic, "From diamonds to rockets, mourning the dead has gotten high-tech," 17 June 2019 The first $5 came from a member who had entered the bake-off at the Arizona State Fair. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Other similar buildings sold or demolished, this historic Glendale women's club was rebuilt," 12 June 2019 Start or finish laundry, bake, walk the dog, go to the bathroom break. Jenna Birch,, "How binge watching is hazardous to your health," 6 June 2019 The model collaborated with the popular bake shop for a line of Karlie's Kookies years ago. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karlie Kloss Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Her Wedding and Honeymoon," 22 Oct. 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 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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