\ ˈbāk How to pronounce bake (audio) \
baked; baking; bakes

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pour batter into prepared muffin pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 16 June 2022 Parts of the upper Midwest braced for severe thunderstorms Wednesday while dangerous, sweltering heat continued to bake nearly a third of the nation's population. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 The recipe instructs to bake the filling along with the batter (which sounds good in theory, Alexis says). Bryce Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 June 2022 Through late week, the above average temperatures will make their way into the Northeast while the Southeast continues to bake. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 13 June 2022 Who's going to teach Sandra Escareño's daughters how to bake cakes with Laura gone? Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 11 June 2022 Southern California is facing a potentially treacherous wildfire season this year, as climate change, drought and extreme heat conspire to bake vegetation and prime the landscape for burning, officials say. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 Summer doesn't begin until June 21, but Louisville is going to bake in the final week of spring. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2022 It’s Wednesday, June 8, and a heat wave is expected to bake parts of the North Bay and East Bay later this week. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That includes easy stir-and-bake recipes such as apple sour cream crumb cake, or chewy coconut-cashew bars, as well as bigger projects such as lemon-poppy cream cheese babka. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2022 Cover with sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in a 350-degree oven for one hour. Amy Drew Thompson,, 3 Nov. 2021 The new restaurant will also have a small Thai snack section, Thai coffees and eventually, take-and-bake dishes for dinner. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 18 Jan. 2022 Janik said friends and family members, who have watched her bake, sew, sculpt and paint for years, are excited to finally have an opportunity to purchase one of her crafts. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2022 The Maine Shore Dinner for two — a lobster bake that’s shipped in a foil bag and ready for the oven or grill — was chosen from nearly 1,500 entries across four dozen categories., 25 May 2021 During the first year of the pandemic, Kravalis built an 80-seat front patio for Giardino and created a takeout and delivery program that included bake-at-home pizzas. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Desserts include the likes of bake-at-home snickerdoodle cookies, while snacks come in the form of chickpea crisps with olive tapenade. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2022 Remove the tart pan from the freezer; place on a baking sheet and bake until the tart is golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bake


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


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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More Definitions for bake


\ 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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