con·​coct kən-ˈkäkt How to pronounce concoct (audio)
concocted; concocting; concocts

transitive verb

: to prepare by combining raw materials
concoct a recipe
concocted a tropical fruit smoothie
: devise, fabricate
concoct an explanation
concocted a strategy to take control of the company
concocter noun
concoctive adjective

Examples of concoct in a Sentence

The drink was first concocted by a bartender in New York. She concocted a stew from the leftovers.
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Word History


Latin concoctus, past participle of concoquere to cook together, from com- + coquere to cook — more at cook

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of concoct was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Concoct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​coct kən-ˈkäkt How to pronounce concoct (audio)
: to prepare by combining various ingredients
concoct a stew
: to think up : invent
concoct a likely story
concoction noun

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