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 concoct (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 With both business and government hopelessly addicted to its cheap and plentiful credit, look for the Fed to concoct ever more creative rationalizations for delivering the next fix. Washington Post, "Five (somewhat) upbeat predictions for 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Kris, Khloé, Kim, Kourtney, Kylie, and Kendall—all of whom are currently vacationing in Lake Tahoe together, according to People—decided to concoct some fun of their own by pranking their A-list contacts. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "In These Trying Times, the Kardashians Will Not Let Their Friends Know Peace," 4 Dec. 2020 Dugdale began to concoct a series of increasingly wild assaults on British imperialism. Washington Post, "The Woman Who Stole Vermeer," 20 Nov. 2020 Vertafore works with the insurance industry to concoct ratings that help agents, brokers and others. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Your Texas driver’s license, vehicle information and lien holder were stolen in a huge data theft," 20 Nov. 2020 So when Gupta — who also helped design code for the ESPN trade machine tool that lets fans concoct their own hypothetical deals — learned the Wolves had the No. 1 pick, his mind began racing. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "As NBA draft nears, Wolves expect trade calls to intensify," 7 Nov. 2020 Stanley Tucci is brilliant, as always, playing Mr. Stringer, the manager of the hotel where the witches concoct their scheme to turn all the children in the world into rodents. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Anne Hathaway Is Delightfully Deranged in the Witches Remake," 22 Oct. 2020 The frames seem so deliberate in their undeliberate messiness, inviting the viewer to concoct their own narratives and seek out patterns from the visual information provided. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Opening a window on the world," 19 Sep. 2020 Several people have claimed the pair paid them to concoct those accusations. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "FBI raids home of conservative conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Concoct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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