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cook

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noun \ ˈku̇k \

Definition of cook

1 :a person who prepares food for eating
2 :a technical or industrial process comparable to cooking food; also :a substance so processed

Examples of cook in a Sentence

  1. the hearty meals prepared by the cook at summer camp

Recent Examples of cook from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cook

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

cook Synonyms

Synonyms
chef, cooker, culinarian
Related Words
baker, pâtissier (or patissier); barbecuer, griller

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cook

verb

Definition of cook

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

cookable

play \ˈku̇-kə-bəl\ adjective
cook one's goose
:to make one's failure or ruin certain

Examples of cook in a Sentence

  1. Cook the onions over low heat.

  2. She cooked a great meal.

  3. The fish was cooked in a white wine sauce.

  4. Carrots can be cooked, but they are often eaten raw.

  5. We're too busy to cook at home.

  6. He enjoys cooking on the weekends.

  7. The rice is still cooking, but it will be ready in 10 minutes.

  8. There's something cooking, but he won't say what.

Recent Examples of cook from the Web

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First Known Use of cook

14th century


Cook

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biographical name \ ˈku̇k \

Definition of Cook

James 1728–1779 English navigator and explorer


COOK Defined for English Language Learners

cook

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noun

Definition of cook for English Language Learners

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


cook

verb

Definition of cook for English Language Learners

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

  • : to go through the process of being cooked

  • : to happen or take place


COOK Defined for Kids

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cook

play
noun \ ˈku̇k \

Definition of cook for Students

:a person who prepares food for eating

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cook

verb

Definition of cook for Students

cooked; cooking
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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