con·coct | \kən-ˈkäkt, kän-\
concocted; concocting; concocts

Definition of concoct 

transitive verb

1 : to prepare by combining raw materials concoct a recipe concocted a tropical fruit smoothie

2 : devise, fabricate concoct an explanation concocted a strategy to take control of the company

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Other Words from concoct

concocter noun
concoction \kən-ˈkäk-shən, kän- \ noun
concoctive \kən-ˈkäk-tiv, kän- \ 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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Emergency responders have spent days trying to concoct a rescue plan, an effort that has already cost the life of a military diver. John Keilman,, "As Thailand cave crisis continues, Midwestern cavers reflect on the risks of going subterranean," 6 July 2018 Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Yuudai and Taka try to concoct a plan to make this all better. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "The Final Scene of This Episode of Terrace House Is a Great Piece of Television," 29 May 2018 And over at UC Berkeley, engineers have concocted a fancy sponge-like material that collects moisture from cool desert air at night and releases it as drinking water when things heat up during the day. Matt Simon, WIRED, "LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA," 12 June 2018 The winning barbecue formula includes pairings with four new ParchedPig craft beers, concocted on the ship by Carnival’s brewmaster, Colin Presby. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "This cruise ship's elevators may be smarter than you," 30 May 2018 His origin story is not all that dissimilar from the fictional path Aaron Sorkin concocted for Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld: Unraveling the Baffling Time Jumps of “The Reunion”," 29 Apr. 2018 Swanson was one of 30 bakers who concocted sweet and savory culinary creations for the event that drew 160 guests to the Field House at Old School Square. Staff Report,, "Brownies please palates at Real Men Bake fundraiser," 24 Apr. 2018 Jack White concocted the now-famous riff during a sound check ahead of a January 2002 concert at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's global sports anthem: The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army'," 29 June 2018 After moving to Los Angeles with her now-husband, Deters began concocting her own products out of her kitchen until finding a lab in Canada that shared her dedication to organics. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Meet the Brilliant New Skin-Care Line That Would Make Marie Kondo Proud," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of concoct

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for concoct

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

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English Language Learners Definition of concoct

: to make (a food or drink) by mixing different things together

: to invent or develop (a plan, story, etc.) especially in order to trick or deceive someone


con·coct | \kən-ˈkäkt, kän-\
concocted; concocting

Kids Definition of concoct

1 : to prepare (as food) by putting several different things together

2 : to make up : devise concoct a plan

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