\ 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

Bakeries aren’t refusing to bake our wedding cakes. Heidi Stevens,, "We don't need a straight pride parade. We already have the Kardashians, 'The Bachelor' and every Ryan Gosling movie," 5 June 2019 Next, on a sunny day, the car will roll down a window and turn on the engine, the heater, and a fan in order to bake off the VOCs and their accompanying smell. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Chinese customers hate “new car smell,” so Ford files a patent to bake it out," 20 Nov. 2018 Screenwriters just need to bake a reference to a beloved storyline into their script or add a post-credits scene with a fan-favorite villain, and more often than not, people who love the original property will respond passionately to the adaptation. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 That covers, er, pretty much all games right now, though Nvidia said Battlefield V, Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider will be among the first games to bake in support for ray tracing. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 Just this week an Ontario woman described as hangry was admonished by police for calling 911 to complain that a pizza place was taking too long to bake her pie. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Being Hangry is Real, But You Can Control It," 13 June 2018 Cover with aluminum foil and bake until heated through, 12 to 15 minutes. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Pea-and-Mint Stuffed Shells," 24 May 2019 Sprinkle remaining Cheddar on top and bake until cheese is melted and beans are heated through, 6 to 7 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos," 20 May 2019 After baking a batch of cookies with his three grandchildren, Melvin Albright realized something was amiss. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Sum of the Parts of STEM Toys Can Equal a Giant Mess," 13 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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