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

Take them camping, cook marshmallows or hotdogs on a stick, or drop a frying pan on the log for eggs. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This $9 Bonfire Log Is The Secret To Entertaining Outdoors Year-Round," 10 Aug. 2018 But that wasn't all that the mom-model-author-cook had in store for her husband. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Best Wife Ever Chrissy Teigen Throws John Legend a Sparkly Birthday Bash," 13 Jan. 2019 Alongside her mom Doria, just as stylish as her daughter in head-to-toe camel, and husband Prince Harry, Markle hosted the community kitchen cooks and other guests at Kensington Palace. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Casually Helps Serve Food to Guests at Her Charity Cookbook Launch," 20 Sep. 2018 Armstrong recalls when her daughter was a toddler who loved watching her grandmother cook. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "From prison to pioneer: a chef's dream to transform one Chicago corner," 9 July 2018 One of the most famous actors in the world is now smoking dope with a writer and his lawyer while his cook makes dinner and his bodyguards watch television. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Johnny Depp: We Are Concerned," 23 June 2018 Bruno was fed up with berating his cooks for all their mistakes and inexactitudes, not to mention the grumbling. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Baumé in Palo Alto has two Michelin stars — and only two staff," 22 June 2018 The food his cooks make is simple and simply served, with a minimum of narrative fuss. James Estrin, New York Times, "Discovering the Art of Craft," 19 June 2018 Part of the price bump would go to her cooks, Leeds said, to maintain a kitchen hierarchy. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Tipping the pay scales: Initiative 77 could dramatically alter D.C. restaurant culture," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Heat oil in a large skillet on medium and cook chicken until browned on one side, 4 to 5 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes," 8 Jan. 2019 In addition, the convection oven seems to cook quickly as well. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 Where to Eat and DrinkYou can’t go wrong eating the street food here, which is well-cooked, caters to Westerners (no surprise meat here), and turns over quickly (which means you won’t be sold something that’s been lingering for days). Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 Wattiker, who loves to cook, had the luxury of redesigning it exactly to his liking. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 The latest report found that mothers in India were more likely to deliver underweight babies in households that used wood or dung as cooking fuel. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s air pollution is so horrendous," 31 Oct. 2018 But Taste-N-See brings a strong home-cooking reputation from its original location in southwest Fort Worth Davis and his mother, Anita Wilcox, first thought about opening a burger and fish restaurant. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "More than chicken-and-waffles at new TCU-area restaurant," 18 June 2018 To avoid most of the scent, cook it in the oven (which keeps the smell contained) or an outside grill. Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Picking Out and Preparing Fish," 19 Sep. 2018 Brazilian cook Djana Venolia will share her Amazonian approach to cooking healthy, flavorful foods, ranging from cheese bread and chicken pot pie to sweet and salty pizza and crepes and brownies. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 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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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
informal : 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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