con·​coct | \ kən-ˈkäkt How to pronounce concoct (audio) , 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
concoctive \ kən-​ˈkäk-​tiv How to pronounce concoctive (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Another unverified theory, bolstered by President Donald Trump's own previous comments, is that the coronavirus was concocted in a Chinese laboratory. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Bryan Adams Apologizes After Coming Under Fire for Shocking Coronavirus Rant: 'No Excuse'," 12 May 2020 In government and academia, experts have ruled out the notion that it was concocted as a bioweapon. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs," 30 Apr. 2020 In government and academia, experts have ruled out the notion that it was concocted as a bioweapon. Mark Mazzetti,, "Trump officials are said to press spies to link Virus and Wuhan labs," 30 Apr. 2020 What is stopping me from being able to concoct an Instagram-ready loaf? Josh Duboff, Bon Appétit, "Everyone Is Cooking Right Now. Except Me.," 23 Apr. 2020 But the arrival of White Claw and its low-carb imitators has left several local breweries scrambling to concoct healthier options for craft beer drinkers. Matt Koesters,, "Local breweries fight for White Claw drinkers with low-calorie beers," 13 Mar. 2020 In addition to the Halliburton Su murder, Resiles is facing charges related to the escape, conspiracy charges for a later effort to concoct an alibi, and several burglary charges from cases that preceded the murder. Rafael Olmeda,, "She was found slain in bloody bathtub. Now billboard claims murder suspect was framed.," 30 Nov. 2019 Researchers have managed to concoct partially effective vaccines to combat other coronavirus infections in animals, such as pigs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Scientists Know About Immunity to the Novel Coronavirus," 30 Mar. 2020 As part of a theft investigation now known to be concocted, Reeves interviewed a man named Nijaz Omerovic. oregonlive, "‘Shady’ witnesses, sloppy work undercut controversial West Linn police investigation of black Portland man, records reveal," 29 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of concoct was in 1594

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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concoct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce concoct (audio) , 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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