bake

verb
\ 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

bake

noun

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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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

Amazon officials explained this to state and city economic development officials during the earliest stages of the HQ2 bake-off, according to multiple people involved in the process. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Amazon to New York: It’s Not Me, It’s You," 15 Feb. 2019 This fall, cozy up with a hot beverage, bake a cake, enjoy a full-bodied red, or whip up a casserole. John-john Williams Iv, Howard County Times, "With her mom's help, a local blogger launches brick-and-mortar fashion boutique Simple & Feminine in Ellicott City," 3 Apr. 2018 Its financial benefits are now baked into the companies’ quarterly results, while giving some Democrats a new argument for pressing the firms to lower prices. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson Expects Sales Growth to Slow," 22 Jan. 2019 Because of its particularly harsh travel destination, the paint job has to be baked in a vacuum chamber after the initial application. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Painting a Mars Rover Is Even More Complicated Than You'd Think," 11 Oct. 2018 In Italy, arts patronage is baked into the national fabric, a patrimony handed down from the Medicis and the Borgias. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018 Some of these issues are baked into the first season of Big Little Lies, even though the show and the book it’s based on predate #MeToo. Brooke Hauser, Marie Claire, "Nicole Kidman Makes Her Mark," 17 Sep. 2018 Standout brioche buns are baked fresh daily and dotted with white and black sesame seeds, and the burgers are perfectly cooked to order, with fantastic specialty options. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "America’s unique burger styles, and where to try them," 4 July 2018 Everything is baked fresh daily, with end-of-day leftovers distributed to three charitable organizations. Allen Pierleoni, sacbee, "'Estelle 2.0' culminates lifelong dream for Sacramento baker," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Place sheets in oven, then reduce oven temp to 350°F and bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until puffed and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Coconut Cream Éclairs," 7 Mar. 2019 Place in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until cheese is bubbly. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "Here's How a Registered Dietitian Shops and Meal Preps on a Budget," 22 Feb. 2019 Arrange on a wire rack on a baking sheet and pre-bake in a preheated 400F oven until the bacon is cooked and the carrots are tender, about 20-30 minutes, glazing with the maple syrup half way through. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "3 Fancy But Easy BBQ Recipes to Grill Before Summer Is Over," 30 Aug. 2018 Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet and bake, stirring every 15 min. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Best-Ever Granola," 17 Aug. 2018 Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2 to 3 hours or until meat is fork tender. Susan Selasky, sacbee, "Heed the warming, cooks | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Jan. 2018 Pop in the oven and bake for 5 minutes, until deeper in color. Town & Country, "Not Your Average Pumpkin Pie," 22 Sep. 2014 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

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First Known Use of bake

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bake

Verb

Middle English, from Old English bacan; akin to Old High German bahhan to bake, Greek phōgein to roast

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bake

verb

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

bake

verb
\ 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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