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.

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As an afternoon pick-me-up, the 54-year-old homemaker concocts an easily-digestible goat's milk latte, boiling the milk with sprinkled cardamon and cinnamon, then sweetening the top with a spoonful of honey. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Everything Yolanda Hadid Eats in a Day," 23 Mar. 2018 In her searing debut memoir, Zafar describes mustering the strength to concoct an escape plan for herself and her daughters, and risking cultural isolation by walking away to build a new future. Angela Haupt, The Seattle Times, "The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018," 7 Jan. 2019 Teams concoct different strategies to entice fans all the time. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Bengals Xtra: Jungle Pass risky, intriguing olive branch to fans," 17 June 2018 There each of the 10 competing chefs (see the full list below) have to concoct a portable version of their signature dish and find a way to convince guests of the theme park to taste it. Madison Roberts,, "Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis Kick Off a New Season of Food Network Star in Universal Orlando—Get a First Look," 30 May 2018 Even my old refrigerator poetry magnets, the ones Steven used to concoct ridiculous Italo-English sentences with, laughing himself to pieces. Christina Dalcher, Time, "What If Women Could Only Say 100 Words Per Day? This New Book Imagines Exactly That," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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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