\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

Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 30–40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What’s on the Menu at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner? Chicken Pot Pie, of Course," 6 Nov. 2018 When baked for a long time, its skin is also edible. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Pick the Best Squash This Fall and Winter," 13 Sep. 2018 Divide the cake batter equally between the two prepared cake pans and bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted through the center comes out clean. Nik Sharma,, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Guests who attended Prince Louis’ christening Monday were served tea and fruit cake, which was originally baked for and served at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. Maura Hohman, ajc, "Why Kate and William served 7-year-old cake at Prince Louis' christening," 11 July 2018 Place batter into mini muffin liners and bake for 15-20 mins or until a cake tester or knife comes out clean., "These Vanilla Cupcakes Are Made With Cauliflower—and You’d Never Know It," 10 July 2018 Guests who attended Prince Louis’s christening on Monday were served tea and fruit cake, which was originally baked for and served at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. Maura Hohman,, "Here's Why Kate and William Served Their 7-Year-Old Wedding Cake at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 After the first stage that hugged the Atlantic coast, the race rolled inland through green pastures, forest groves, and yellow wheat fields baked by the summer sun. Joseph Wilson,, "Peter Sagan sprints to the finish to win second stage of Tour de France," 8 July 2018 They’re only interrupted by Cupcake, Rhonda’s superfan who bakes for her. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pour into the tart pan and bake for 30 minutes or until set. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Take picnic food up a notch by adding Parisian flair | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Fry bacon or bake in oven on 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Want to feast like a true Kentucky Derby pro? Try these traditional sandwich recipes," 6 Apr. 2018 Wrap halves in aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until cloves are golden and cooked through. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Marky Ramone's Drum Punk Pasta Recipe," 18 Oct. 2010 Toss these onto a small baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until crispy. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "It's time to start cooking with summer’s tasty top prize — Texas peaches," 10 July 2018 Note: To toast pecans at home, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until the nuts begin to brown and become fragrant. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Throw the best Kentucky Derby party with tips from the guy who knows - 'America's CEO' Tim Laird," 5 Apr. 2018 How to toast nuts Spread nuts—walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, peanuts—on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350° until evenly golden brown and fragrant, 8–10 minutes. The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, Bon Appetit, "14 Kitchen Tips Worth Memorizing," 22 Mar. 2018 Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Fox News, "Chef Mark Bailey's New Year's Top Game Day Recipes," 2 Jan. 2018 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

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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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