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 The sweetness, the acid, the char, the nuttiness, the creaminess, the saltiness, wave after wave of flavor until you suddenly understand that Linn has concocted a spinach pizza for those who don’t care all that much for spinach. Washington Post, "These are the D.C. area’s 10 best pizzas," 28 Jan. 2020 That opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and the Kim family starts concocting a much larger plan. Christian Holub,, "New Parasite trailer teases one of the year's best films," 2 Oct. 2019 How much longer does a guy who appreciates wine, food and culture want to be bothered with concocting a plan to defend the likes of Frank Ntilikina? Mike Finger,, "A year from now, will Popovich find different Team USA ending?," 12 Sep. 2019 Muskego's own Pop's Kettle Corn specializes in concocting these creations. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out these 5 unique locally made popcorn flavors for National Popcorn Day," 17 Jan. 2020 Now, the actress is earning rave reviews for her performance as a stripper who concocts a scheme to swindle her Wall Street clients out of thousands of dollars in Hustlers. Alexia Fernandez,, "Jennifer Lopez Reveals She Regrets Turning Down Diane Lane's Oscar-Nominated Role in Unfaithful," 14 Jan. 2020 Prosecutors said Kelly and Baroni schemed to close lanes by concocting a fictitious traffic study as justification for the lane realignment. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court weighs convictions of ex-New Jersey officials in "Bridgegate" scandal," 14 Jan. 2020 In a recent interview, Jaubert’s ex-wife called the whole episode an extortion plot that Jaubert and Latifa concocted to shake down her father for $3 million. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, "The Runaway Princesses of Dubai," 11 Dec. 2019 The inquiry exposed extensive prosecutorial misconduct and the widespread misuse of jailhouse informants, who had concocted persuasive-sounding confessions in a variety of ingenious ways. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Concoct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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