cook

noun
\ˈku̇k \

Definition of cook 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a person who prepares food for eating

2 : a technical or industrial process comparable to cooking food also : a substance so processed

cook

verb
cooked; cooking; cooks

Definition of cook (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to prepare food for eating especially by means of heat French cooking

2 : to undergo the action of being cooked the rice is cooking now

3 : occur, happen find out what was cooking in the committee

4 : to perform, do, or proceed well the jazz quartet was cooking along the party cooked right through the night

transitive verb

1 : concoct, fabricate usually used with up cooked up a scheme

2 : to prepare for eating by a heating process

3 : falsify, doctor cooked the books with phony spending cuts and accounting gimmickry— Colleen O'Connor

4 : to subject to the action of heat or fire

cook one's goose

: to make one's failure or ruin certain

Cook

biographical name
\ˈku̇k \

Definition of Cook (Entry 3 of 3)

James 1728–1779 English navigator and explorer

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Other Words from cook

Verb

cookable \ˈku̇-kə-bəl \ adjective

Examples of cook in a Sentence

Noun

the hearty meals prepared by the cook at summer camp

Verb

Cook the onions over low heat. She cooked a great meal. The fish was cooked in a white wine sauce. Carrots can be cooked, but they are often eaten raw. We're too busy to cook at home. He enjoys cooking on the weekends. The rice is still cooking, but it will be ready in 10 minutes. There's something cooking, but he won't say what.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then, gently drop the panelles into the fryer and let cook for 1-2 minutes, until they because golden brown and crispy. Cincinnati.com, "A gluten-free recipe for big fans of ... gluten," 12 July 2018 Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for two minutes. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "Summer cocktail recipes to expand your happy hour horizons," 29 June 2018 Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender. Karoline Boehm Goodnick, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Vietnamese summer rolls are flavorful, crunchy, and delicious with a soy dipping sauce," 25 June 2018 Add the flour and cook for 4 minutes on low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Burt & Max's decadent mac and cheese is better than Mom's," 22 June 2018 Her father became a foundry worker for Allen Bradley, her mother a cook for Milwaukee Public Schools. James E. Causey Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The ache of segregation: One woman's journey from city to the burbs," 21 June 2018 Many who live on the slopes of the Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes earned money as guides, porters or cooks for visitors, said Elder Dary Soy López, a guide with Asociación Aprode in San Jose Calderas, a town at the foot of Acatenango. New York Times, "Visiting Guatemala After a Deadly Eruption," 13 June 2018 Add the syrup, bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "How to make the perfect Kentucky Derby breakfast according to Bobby Flay," 4 May 2018 Pour in wine and broth and cook, stirring, until shrimp is curled and pink and corn turns tender, 2-3 minutes. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Grits cakes make crispy cushion for spicy shrimp," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Calf’s liver was sweet and custardy, the goal in cooking it, and one that’s not often reached. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Participants are asked to select a recipe, cook it and share with others. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 As for the yolks that remain from the project, cook them gently in milk for a light, frozen custard-style of ice cream. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 2018 In recent years, Gras has operated a consulting firm and cooked at pop-up events. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Saison adds a star chef: Laurent Gras," 10 July 2018 Scrub the shells under cold water before cooking them. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Clams and spaghettini make an easy dinner for 2," 6 July 2018 It was cooked maybe half-a-minute longer than ideal, but the filet, subtly flavored with lemon, still impressed; the center had a wonderful flakiness. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 Hard to mess up a butt — just cook it slow until the scapula slides out clean. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "After an extensive taste test, here are the best BBQ ribs in Louisville," 29 June 2018 Most people who hate pork tenderloin haven’t cooked it properly. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "I’m Sick and Tired of People Hating on Pork Tenderloin," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of cook

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cook

Noun

Middle English, from Old English cōc, from Latin coquus, from coquere to cook; akin to Old English āfigen fried, Greek pessein to cook

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More Definitions for cook

cook

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who prepares and cooks food for eating at home, in a restaurant, etc.

cook

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cook (Entry 2 of 2)

: to prepare (food) for eating especially by using heat

: to go through the process of being cooked

: to happen or take place

cook

noun
\ˈku̇k \

Kids Definition of cook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who prepares food for eating

cook

verb
cooked; cooking

Kids Definition of cook (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to prepare food for eating by the use of heat

2 : to go through the process of being heated in preparation for being eaten Dinner is cooking.

3 : to create through thought and imagination usually used with up The boys are cooking up a scheme to earn money.

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