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

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 To concoct the list, Yelp identified businesses in the ice cream category, then ranked them using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews between April 2021 and April 2022. Bob Dohr, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 To concoct his latest fragrance, master perfumer Alberto Morillas cracked open the liquor cabinet. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 July 2022 However, when a charismatic lawyer who loves Pepsi almost as much as his 16 wives, a judge with a flair for the fine arts and several doctors concoct a scheme that results in over half a billion dollars in fraud, things get a little absurd. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 8 May 2022 An examination by The Washington Post of Cruz’s actions between Election Day and Jan. 6, 2021, shows just how deeply he was involved, working directly with Trump to concoct a plan that came closer than widely realized to keeping him in power. Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 But other men love Callirhoe, too; at the start, three Suitors concoct a scheme to break the couple up. New York Times, 21 June 2022 With his buddy Ed Norton at his side, Ralph would concoct scheme after scheme with the hopes of getting rich, none of which ever came to fruition. Mike Postalakis, SPIN, 9 June 2022 Employee information available online, either intentionally or accidentally, can be used to concoct social engineering schemes that could be the first step in a cyberattack. Fred Burton, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Or, in the case of the Brillante, to concoct a $77 million insurance-fraud scheme for which the perpetrators were never held to account. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, 15 May 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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