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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Her splurge-worthy product line, Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics, uses clean ingredients and smart, molecular actives to concoct hi-tech, high-performance skincare that’s also seriously chic. April Long, Town & Country, "The Dermatologist Who Saved Bella Hadid's Skin Opens a Spa," 16 May 2019 By May, Yovino had concocted an entirely different defense. Michael Harriot, The Root, "White Woman Pleads Guilty to Falsely Accusing 2 Black Men of Rape," 7 June 2018 Media certainly was complicit in concocting a very, very glossy perception of this cohort. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Amazon is a ‘bully,’ and Facebook and Google are ‘the enemies of independent thought’," 3 Dec. 2018 Will Rolando concoct yet another plan to reach America? Julie Watson, Fox News, "'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms," 21 July 2018 But David Korins is best known for concocting a set for one of the most successful musicals of all time, Hamilton. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "Hamilton’s David Korins Explains What Makes the Smash Hit’s Design So Versatile," 24 May 2018 Wolfe kept up his penchant for concocting new words in the go-go ’80s, such as his coinage of plutography, a play on pornography. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "The Lexicon of Tom Wolfe," 15 May 2018 To wet the whistle, master mixologist Moisés Sierra Sáenz will concoct some fancy cocktails, and even mocktails for the younguns. Vincent Crampton,, "Happy birthday to me with the Billionaire’s Birthday Package," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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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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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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