concoct

verb
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.

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Trump officials could concoct a way to win the favor in the courts and seek an emergency ruling later this summer. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question," 27 June 2019 There were custom mixed drinks too, all of which Meyers, 45, concocted for Rihanna based on her catalog of hits. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Rihanna Goes Day Drinking with Seth Meyers — and Gives Him His Own Fenty Beauty Makeover," 21 June 2019 For the third son - Ray Vannieuwenhoven - police concocted the fake police survey. oregonlive.com, "Decades after a couple was killed on a hiking trail, a sealed envelope leads to an arrest," 3 June 2019 The pair concocted a scheme that involved buying McDonald’s uniforms from Goodwill and creating fake badges to have their sign placed in the store. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "McDonald's customers who hung fake poster in restaurant for 51 days get $25G checks from fast food chain," 19 Sep. 2018 Here’s what a new distillery and several restaurants, including some with outdoor seating, are concocting for warm-weather quenchers. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "New summer cocktail menus make the most of seasonal herbs and produce," 7 June 2018 The draft itself is a wage-suppressing tool concocted by owners. The Si Staff, SI.com, "How Can the MLB Draft Be Improved?," 5 June 2019 The Rolling Thunder Revue, concocted by Bob Dylan, was precisely a manifestation of its era. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder," 5 June 2019 The revelation that Awful Disclosures was a hoax concocted by Protestant men trying to stoke nativist fears of Catholics did not prevent the book from selling more than 300,000 copies before the Civil War and remaining in print to this day. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, "The Popery Panic," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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concoct

verb

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

concoct

verb
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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