\ 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 This puts the project at risk of being about two women whose lives have completely fallen apart and Charlotte, who simply cannot be expected to bake that many muffins. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, "Mr. Big May Leave Sex and the City at the Altar for Real," 19 Feb. 2021 Consult your lawyer about fees, and bake that into the budget. Carly Olson, House Beautiful, "HGTV Star Steve Ford Converted a Decrepit 3-Story Garage Into His Dream Home," 19 Feb. 2021 President Biden is not the first U.S. leader to take office pledging to bake human rights and democratic values into his foreign policy agenda. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Biden pushes democracy abroad as a matter of national security," 18 Feb. 2021 The semi-homemade results will outshine the usual suspects found in the frozen-food aisle and streamline the process down to a few basic steps: thaw, shape, top, bake and eat. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "With a little local help, making your own pizza is a snap," 17 Feb. 2021 Then bake for 1 more hour, or until the apples are bubbling vigorously. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Abigail Adams' Apple Pandowdy," 10 Feb. 2021 The obvious solution is to bake celebration into your everyday existence. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How We Celebrated: Our Favorite Trips Marking Major Milestones," 10 Feb. 2021 Defrost frozen puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator, then roll it, cut it and bake it just before serving. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Four chicken soup recipes to soothe the soul this winter," 20 Jan. 2021 Advance order recommended for take and bake sides and beef Wellington dinner. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Where to order special New Year's brunch or dinner packages to-go," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ready-to-heat classic lasagna serves four and includes a jumbo house salad, a bottle of signature Italian dressing, and one dozen ready-to-bake breadsticks, starting at $39.99. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "Takeout for two: 50-plus D-FW restaurants offering Valentine’s Day specials," 4 Feb. 2021 Sweet, salty, crumbly-yet-smooth peanut butter balls dipped in dark chocolate, buckeyes are the retro, no-bake confections that taste like peanut butter cups and look like semi-nude chocolate truffles. Lisa Ruland, Bon Appétit, "If You Love Reese's, You'll Go Wild For Buckeyes," 12 Feb. 2021 Her slice-and-bake pistachio pinwheels, with their hypnotic, swirly green pattern, are both stunning and surprisingly simple to make. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Holiday Cookies: Best Recipes for Shipping and Gifting," 4 Dec. 2020 The no-bake sweets from Southern cooking legend Edna Lewis hit the spot for a tasty, nostalgic treat that is no sweat to put together. Washington Post, "Sticky, gooey, crunchy, chewy — 11 gluten-free cookie recipes to delight in this holiday season," 4 Dec. 2020 No-bake ease: Haider is constantly on the lookout for easy-to-prepare recipes. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "We have a winner! Here are the best recipes of the 2020 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest," 3 Dec. 2020 From tender Lebanese Atteyef to no-bake Swedish Snowballs, dainty Polish Kolaczki to melt-in-your-mouth Mexican Polvorones, these cookies span the globe., "Cookies are forever: Favorite Christmas recipes and family memories go together," 2 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately for Miami, Malcolm Perry and Lynn Bowden Jr., two rookie receivers who each have that shake-and-bake skill set, haven’t developed quickly enough. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Are the Dolphins pretenders, or playoff contenders? | Commentary," 24 Nov. 2020 Firepod is an oven that lets you stone-bake pizza and grill up some fantastic BBQ. Popular Science, "15 doorbuster deals to kickstart your holiday shopping," 23 Nov. 2020

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

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“Bake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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