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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After her response was Tweeted out, Ward deleted the post and replaced it with one claiming the media was concocting a story. Fox News, "Kelli Ward criticized for suggesting McCain pre-timed announcement to damage her campaign," 27 Aug. 2018 San Juan restaurant Barrachina, which opened in the late 1950s, claims Spanish mixologist Ramon Portas Mingot concocted the first piña colada inside its doors in 1963, according to Cassie Armstrong,, "Piña Colada Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 10 July 2018 But does that mean baking Father's Day sweets, or concocting his favorite drink? Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "3 Father's Day Cupcakes To Match His Favorite Drink," 14 June 2016 Paltrow credits an army of contributors, who concocted everything from custom cocktail napkins to calligraphy and floral design. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's Surprise Wedding," 2 Nov. 2018 Stock up on seasonal staples, from spicy cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg to earthy bergamot, thieves, and cedarwood, and get concocting! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Whole House Smell Like Fall," 16 Aug. 2018 Is this an outrageous lie concocted to induce widespread envy? Mimi Read, House Beautiful, "Doug Davis and Hannon Kirk Doody on Decorating a Glamorous Retreat," 25 Sep. 2014 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

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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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to deny responsibility for

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