\ 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 Lore about aunts, uncles, and cousins who’d worn wigs and prosthetic noses, baked codes and coordinates into pupusas, and trained in armed combat in jungles and university basements. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 Don’t miss: The Gobbler ($9), made with Boar’s Head turkey breast, bacon jam, sharp white cheddar and all the fixings on a house-baked bun. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Central Coast: 5 great new San Luis Obispo County restaurants," 15 Sep. 2019 Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender and sausage is browned. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Three Delicious Recipes To Fill You Up And Protect Your Heart," 10 Sep. 2019 With that in mind, Carl Jenkinson must have have tried baking at least once during his seemingly never-ending stint on the sidelines., "Great British Bake Off: 5 Footballers Who Would Without Doubt 100% Win the Competition," 4 Sep. 2019 Cohen had her tear the bread open; there were three spools of thread, baked inside. Cody Delistraty, The New Republic, "Why Is the One Percent So Obsessed With Magic?," 26 Aug. 2019 The scent of brothy birria and freshly baked birote intermingle with smoky barbecue. Julissa James,, "Four Hours: Art, culture and peace abound on this tour of West Adams," 12 July 2019 In Wageningen, one restaurant already offers bagels baked with crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers, and Dicke himself often cooks insects at home. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 The menu will include steamed crabs, pit beef, pit turkey, hot dogs, fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad and dessert, plus beer, soda and water. Beverly Southall,, "Perryville: Evening of Bluegrass Sept. 21 at North East fire hall," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The big weekly dining event is the lobster bake, held on Thursday nights during the summer season, with lobster, chowder, mussels, corn, the works — and blueberry pie for dessert. Pamela Wright,, "Bring on the sing-alongs and s’mores at Sebasco Harbor Resort," 3 Sep. 2019 Junior receiver Gabriel Davis, redshirt junior safety Richie Grant and senior center Jordan Johnson will take part in the two-day event which kicks off Monday with the traditional New England-style clam bake. Matt Murschel,, "UCF’s Josh Heupel, trio of Knights heading to AAC Football Media Days," 10 July 2019 No matter how complicated the bakes become, family remains at the heart of Michael’s craft. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "This 13-year-old opened a bakery. For every cupcake he sells, he gives one to the homeless.," 25 June 2019 Each episode follows a predictable formula involving three bakes, some host hijinks, and then someone going home. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Netflix won’t let you binge-watch this show’s latest season, and it’s doing you a favor," 1 Sep. 2019 The outdoor event is part English garden party and part New England clam bake, with women in period dresses and flamboyant hats flanked by men in blazers and brightly colored pants. Fortune, "Letter From Pebble Beach: What a Disappointing Classic Car Auction Tells us About the 1%—and the Economy," 24 Aug. 2019 Place the meatloaf into the oven and bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the internal temperature measures 160 degrees. oregonlive, "This little meatloaf is jam packed with flavor," 19 Mar. 2019 Think of slice-and-bake cookies as just a little more work than buying cookies — and far more satisfying. 1. Jean Kressy,, "Recipe: Bake brown sugar slice-and-bake cookies at a moment’s notice," 19 Aug. 2019 Ricky Bobby tacos made with shake-n-bake chicken, buttermilk waffles, hot honey maple sauce. Marc Bona,, "Terrestrial Brewing Co.’s doggy brunch: Northeast Ohio’s best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 10 Aug. 2019

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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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How to pronounce bake (audio)

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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