cake

noun
\ ˈkāk How to pronounce cake (audio) \

Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a breadlike food made from a dough or batter that is usually fried or baked in small flat shapes and is often unleavened
b : a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (such as baking powder)
c : a flattened usually round mass of food that is baked or fried a fish cake
2a : a block of compacted or congealed matter a cake of ice
b : a hard or brittle layer or deposit
3 : something easily done after so much studying, the test was cake

cake

verb
caked; caking

Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : encrust caked with dust
2 : to fill (a space) with a packed mass

intransitive verb

: to form or harden into a mass

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Other Words from cake

Noun

cakey \ ˈkā-​kē How to pronounce cakey (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cake

Synonyms: Noun

croquette, cutlet, fritter, galette, patty (also pattie)

Synonyms: Verb

crust, encrust (also incrust), rime

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Examples of cake in a Sentence

Noun

I made three cakes for the party. He blew out the candles on his birthday cake. a slice of chocolate cake

Verb

The mud had caked on his boots. shoes caked with dried mud
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper rumors just won't die, and this latest one really takes the cake. Christopher Rosa, Allure, "Lady Gaga Slams Pregnancy Rumors, and Then Announces New Music," 13 Mar. 2019 Celebrate fall with this three-tiered cake decorated as adorable woodland creatures. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Forest Friends Cake," 25 Oct. 2018 But as far as wild transportation ideas go, Akka Technologies' flying train might take the cake. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "This Flying Train Is as Wild As It Sounds," 13 July 2018 Gut-busting, artery-clogging mishmashes of bacon and deep-fryer oil are once again on the California State Fair's menu in 2018, and some options really take the funnel cake. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Chew on this: These are the 20 wildest foods for sale at this year’s State Fair," 12 July 2018 CBS News was there for a Dr. Seuss themed party, complete with cake, games and dancing. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Los Angeles charity makes sure homeless kids get the birthday party they deserve," 2 July 2018 Birthday party at Independence Visitor Center: Celebrate America’s 242nd with a five-tier cake and 2,500 cupcakes in the shape of the nation’s flag. Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "July 4th travel in Philly: Road closures, SEPTA, traffic and parking," 2 July 2018 Either way, dinner at Schwarzwaldstube is an epic affair of memorable course after memorable course, but the finale might just, well, take the cake: Instead of one or two petit fours after dessert, the server wheels in an entire cart of them. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018 But man, could this whole thing have been avoided if Charlie just did not take that cake. refinery29.com, "This Is The Grossest Scene In Hereditary," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Until my mid twenties, the bulk of my exposure to blush came from caking on deep pinks and orange-reds for dance performances. Glamour, "This Charlotte Tilbury Blush and Highlighter Duo Gives the Most Natural Glow," 5 Apr. 2019 The plane, first designed in the 1960s and modernized three times, is caked with successive generations of technology superimposed on each other. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "The Risks of Marrying ‘Smart’ Technology With ‘Dumb’ Machines," 22 Mar. 2019 Use a wire brush and a sanding sponge to remove flaking paint, rust, and caked-on dirt. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Buy an Old Vise and Bring It Back From the Dead," 3 Jan. 2019 Its gardens paved for parking, its murals caked with grime, its wires fraying and its circuits in every way overloaded, the palace had become a firetrap. Jane Kamensky, WSJ, "‘The Library Book’ Review: The People’s Palace," 11 Oct. 2018 For months, children playing outside or waiting for a handout from passing Iraqi troops had faces caked with soot. Washington Post, "The Islamic State’s toxic farewell: Environmental sabotage and chronic disease," 7 Mar. 2018 Nothing's sugar-coated — glitter-caked, maybe, but certainly not sugar-coated. Tyler Ford, Teen Vogue, "Jacob Tobia on Their Forthcoming "Coming-of-Gender" Memoir Titled Sissy," 29 Aug. 2018 And that's understandable, because who would want to risk getting foundation caked around the gems' settings? Marci Robin, Allure, "We Talked to Artis About Those $25,000 Diamond-Encrusted Makeup Brushes It Just Launched," 12 Nov. 2018 Images in the news media and on social media showed people and villages caked in ash. Susan Hogan, Washington Post, "Volcano erupts in Guatemala, killing at least 25, injuring dozens more, officials say," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of cake

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cake

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse kaka; akin to Old High German kuocho cake

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cake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet baked food made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and other ingredients (such as eggs and butter)
: a mixture of food that has been shaped into a ball or a flat round shape and baked or fried
: something that is shaped like a rectangular block

cake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover something with an outer layer that becomes hard as it dries
: to become dry and hard

cake

noun
\ ˈkāk How to pronounce cake (audio) \

Kids Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a baked food made from a sweet batter or dough chocolate cake
2 : a usually flat round piece of food that is baked or fried a crab cake rice cakes
3 : a substance hardened or molded into a solid piece a cake of soap

cake

verb
caked; caking

Kids Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : encrust His clothes were caked with dust.
2 : to become dry and hard The mud had caked on her boots.

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