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 concoct (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 This used to be the greatest commercial Hollywood could concoct for itself. New York Times, "What Did That Oscars Show Say About Movies? Our Critics Puzzle It Out.," 26 Apr. 2021 James Lofthouse, a pharmacist in the English port of Fleetwood, used eucalyptus and menthol to concoct the product in 1865 as a remedy for congestion and other cold symptoms. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "English Pharmacy Worker Made Fisherman’s Friend a Global Hit," 9 Apr. 2021 Two dimwits concoct a scheme to prevent their friend from marrying a coldhearted and conniving woman. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 Now Our universe is so skilled at hiding matter that researchers must concoct new ways of detecting otherwise invisible cosmic features. Max G. Levy, Wired, "Twinkling Black Holes Reveal an Invisible Cloud in Our Galaxy," 24 Feb. 2021 Channel the nuns of colonial Mexico and concoct your own saucy, sticky creation. Washington Post, "Learn to make cajeta, a Mexican confection with multilayered sweetness and history," 12 Apr. 2021 And, of course, others will begin to concoct new theories that would go beyond the standard model and explain the muon’s extra magnetism. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Particle mystery deepens, as physicists confirm that the muon is more magnetic than predicted," 7 Apr. 2021 Now, Assane takes Maurice Leblanc's book Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Thief as his inspiration to concoct a plan to avenge his father. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "5 French Series On Netflix To Watch While Waiting For ‘Lupin’ Part 2," 9 Mar. 2021 Did the producers concoct this situation to suggest that society has made progress since Julie and Kevin screamed at each other in front of a Soho apartment building three decades ago? Jen Chaney, Vulture, "The Real World Homecoming: New York Is a Welcome Revisit of a Reality-TV Time Capsule," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Concoct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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