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 slime is concocted from a mix of spirulina extract, charcoal powder, lime, and lemon juice. Georgia Slater,, "Starbucks Launches Black-and-Green 'Phantom Frappuccino' in Europe," 22 Oct. 2019 In 2017, Swearingen and another inmate, Anthony Shore, concocted a plan to get Shore to take responsibility for Trotter's killing. CBS News, "Texas executes Larry Swearingen for 1998 slaying of college student," 21 Aug. 2019 While behind bars in Lompoc, Walthall concocted a detailed scheme to kidnap Guilford and force the judge to exonerate him. Daily Pilot, "Court overturns conviction of former Laguna Beach man found guilty of plotting to kill judge in wood chipper," 30 July 2019 Throughout the state, sheriffs concocted schemes to feed their prisoners as little as possible and found creative ways to stock their jail pantries with other folks’ rancid leftovers., "How many Alabama sheriffs are crooked? DOJ needs to give us an answer," 26 June 2019 Bowerman concocted these prototypes for Knight and then bombarded him with questions about performance. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How a Dirty Old Waffle Iron Became Nike's Holy Grail," 15 July 2016 This one in particular is concocted with three incredibly hydrating Japanese superfoods to plump up your complexion after a single use. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Skin Care Routine For Your Next Flight: A Step-By-Step Guide," 30 Aug. 2019 Even in the era of Instagram Live and TikTok, KTT draws thousands of users a day, ready to debate the merits of a guest verse or to concoct conspiracy theories about celebrity friendships. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019 There are entire Madison Avenue creative agencies that have yet to concoct a single catch phrase as potent as any of Davis's three gems. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 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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21 Nov 2019

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“Concoct.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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