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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The Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream, a first for the brand, was concocted to not only hydrate (as the name says), but also brighten and smooth undereye area. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "Cetaphil Quietly Launched a Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream, and It's So Affordable," 6 Apr. 2018 Anwar said the charges were concocted to destroy his political career. Vincent Thian, The Seattle Times, "Malaysian PM campaigns for successor and former foe Anwar," 9 Oct. 2018 Produced by Geiger and Mendes, with writing credited to Geiger, Mendes, Harris and Warburton, its lyrics present a raw rumination on depression and was the first song concocted for his upcoming album. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "Geoff Warburton Talks Songwriting With Shawn Mendes, From Pre-Fame Days to the Upcoming Album," 1 May 2018 On the other side of the city, a different group has been experimenting with 12 species of grass to concoct the perfect turf for the tournament’s actual playing surfaces. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "The 2022 World Cup Plants Some Trees and Prepares to Step Into the Spotlight," 12 July 2018 There were various indicators, but some off the top of my head were the ability to concoct a quiche as a last-minute dinner option, owning and playing board games and having a thriving garden. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "For this one-time wanderer, you grow roots first, then you plant a garden," 7 June 2018 Each month, subscribers receive all the necessary ingredients and instructions on how to concoct the recipe. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "A Father's Day deal you can't miss! 50% off themed subscription boxes for Dad," 4 June 2018 Gellie said that encounter prompted Mallory to reach out to old CIA contacts to concoct a cover story. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Trial begins for ex-CIA man accused of spying for China," 1 June 2018 Now Elitzur and Cohen have teamed up with Okamoto and Takeuchi to concoct an even more mind-boggling experiment. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think," 21 May 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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