: a person who prepares food for eating
: a technical or industrial process comparable to cooking food
: a substance so processed
: to prepare (food) for eating by a heating process
Cook the vegetables over low heat for 10 minutes. The fish was cooked in a wine sauce. He cooked dinner for his guests.
: to alter (something, such as records) with the intention of deceiving or misleading : falsify, doctor
The point is that every country's numbers are the result of a specific set of testing and accounting regimes. Everyone is cooking the data, one way or another.— Alexis C. Madrigal
— see also cook the books
: to subject (something) to the action of heat or fire during preparation
Agents discovered a recipe for cooking meth at his lab …— Andrew E. Serwer
: to prepare food for eating especially by means of heat
We're too busy to cook tonight. I enjoy cooking for friends.
: to undergo the action of being cooked
The rice is cooking now.
: occur, happen
She tried to find out what was cooking in the committee.
: to perform, do, or proceed well
The jazz quartet was cooking along. The party cooked right through the night.
cook one's goose
: to make one's failure or ruin certain