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 Jones and the other co-owners decided to concoct the cocktail after noticing that most canned cocktails on the market used vodka or gin. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "Local distillery West Fork Whiskey Co. releases the brand's first canned cocktail," 6 Aug. 2020 So the real question is, why did Barr concoct the transparent lie about Berman resigning? Joyce White Vance, Time, "Americans Need to Know the Truth About William Barr's Friday Night Massacre. We Can't Afford to Wait," 22 June 2020 But for years, no one has known for sure how the For You page worked, leaving users to concoct their own conspiracy theories and experiments.. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Tiktok Finally Explains How the ‘For You’ Algorithm Works," 18 June 2020 As for us, we are engaged in our usual ritual of heating the coffee kettle to concoct cups of stimulation. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Trump’s Covid-19 vaccine chief has worrisome conflicts; U.S. provides $1.2 billion for AstraZeneca vaccine," 21 May 2020 Such a communal, lighthearted and family-focused experience saves Disney from trying to concoct an attraction that one-ups the borderline thrill ride that is the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Orlando, Fla., theme park, . Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "Don’t expect Disney’s Avengers Campus to be like ‘Harry Potter’ World or ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’," 11 Mar. 2020 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

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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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12 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Concoct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 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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