\ 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

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 Looking to replace some of that income, Fukai began offering her usual products in frozen form, ready to be baked at home. Time, "Amateur Bakers, Cooped Up at Home, Are Making Flour a Hot Commodity," 10 Apr. 2020 But half the fun in baking bread from a starter is that start-up process. Daniela Galarza, Dallas News, "A hopeful bake: How to make a sourdough starter in the midst of a startling pandemic," 31 Mar. 2020 Set up a virtual chat, and have everyone show off their pizzas after they're baked. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Has coronavirus in Milwaukee canceled your child's birthday party? Here's how you can still celebrate.," 20 Mar. 2020 One of the papers suggests the brains of some victims were turned to glass, while another suggests some of the volcano’s victims were baked like buns in an oven. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Damn, Look What Vesuvius Did to This Poor Guy's Brain," 24 Jan. 2020 Swelling outer tissues and internal water pooling around long bones also meant the skeletons were baked rather than burned. National Geographic, "Vesuvius eruption baked some people to death—and turned one brain to glass," 23 Jan. 2020 Hamlin says he and Zimbalist were then tasked with baking a cake without a recipe. Alexia Fernandez,, "Harry Hamlin Claims He Ruined His Indiana Jones Audition by Gossiping About Steven Spielberg," 3 Jan. 2020 Bethany Davis of Spring runs her own baking business, Betnie Bakes, which specializes in baking specialty cakes for birthdays and other events. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Spring baker’s team wins Food Network contest show ‘Holiday Wars’," 24 Dec. 2019 Placing a sheet of baking paper on top, roll it down to about 1cm thickness. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Shares Their Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe on Instagram," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bake-on products include Cerakote H and Elite, DuraCoat’s DuraBake, a couple from Brownells, Gun-Kote, and Teflon/Moly. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, "3 Ways to Refinish Your Gun With a Custom Paint Job," 13 May 2020 Toss kale in olive oil and bake slowly in a single layer until crispy, about 30 minutes. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Favorite Hotels Released Their Top-Secret Recipes—And We Can’t Stop Making Them," 8 May 2020 Zingerman’s Cornman Farms Dexter What: Starter choices include chicken liver pate, bake-at-home cheese gougeres and arugula, parmesan and apple salad. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "These restaurants are offering special Mother's Day take-out options," 6 May 2020 Food-service-centric bakers are coming up with new products that take advantage of bake-at-home trends. Time, "Amateur Bakers, Cooped Up at Home, Are Making Flour a Hot Commodity," 10 Apr. 2020 Finally, lay them on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Alton Brown’s Easy Recipe for Spicy Saltine Crackers is a Quarantine Game-Changer," 1 Apr. 2020 The Exchange has seen success with curbside pickup and even take-and-bake foods, but business is still at 30% of its normal range. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Will they reopen? Restaurateurs unsure what will happen but 'going to weather the storm'," 22 Apr. 2020 Press dough into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown Remove from the oven, but leave the oven on at 350 degrees Spread the jam on the baked crust For the topping, beat egg whites and salt until stiff. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'You feel like everything's going to be all right': Baking provides comfort for these Milwaukee-area women," 21 Apr. 2020 Place the potatoes on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. Jessica Jones, M.s., R.d.n., SELF, "9 Quick Meals I’m Throwing Together Lately Because Cooking During the Pandemic Is a Scam," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of bake was before the 12th century

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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