cook

noun
\ ˈku̇k How to pronounce cook (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Cook (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cookable (audio) \ 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

The slow cooker is more intuitive for most cooks than the Instant Pot. Katie Workman, The Seattle Times, "Which to buy? A slow cooker or Instant Pot?," 29 Mar. 2019 Any home cook or aspiring chef is aware of the value of a good knife. Popular Mechanics, "These Laser-Sharp Japanese Knives Are a Kitchen Staple," 14 Mar. 2019 The five-piece set retails for $395 together, but each piece can also be bought individually (starting at $45), so that everyone from the new-and-nervous home cook to the at-home culinary master can enjoy. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Great Jones Cofounders Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis Share Their Path to Entrepreneurship," 13 Nov. 2018 Attention nostalgic home cooks: CorningWare is about to make your day. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "CorningWare Just Re-Launched Their Iconic Cornflower Pattern in These Stores," 9 Aug. 2018 The 18 home cooks were split into two teams to serve appetizers and entrees to guests at Season 7 winner Shaun O'Neale’s March nuptials. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "South Loop contestant vows to win 'MasterChef' wedding challenge as team captain," 11 July 2018 The nutrient-rich, heart-healthy green fruit has been a trendy food item among nutritionists, health bloggers, and home cooks for years. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Should you eat the avocado pit?," 25 June 2018 Lucky Barbecue & Noodle House specializes in Peking duck (and, ideal for this cold spell, the cooks also serve wonton soups and congee). Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 These are the classic cooks—think Julia Child—who believe that with sufficient training anyone can make a masterpiece out of ordinary ingredients. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "This Scarlet Prawn Is the Best Seafood You Can Eat," 30 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Turn and cook until golden brown on second side, 2 to 4 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin With Roasted Fennel," 15 Mar. 2019 Stir in collard greens and cook until starting to wilt, about 2 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Toast Everybody Should Be Talking About," 24 Jan. 2019 Then add the black pepper, coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, turmeric, green and black cardamom pods, cloves and bay leaves; cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until fragrant. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 Brush with olive oil, both sides, and cook until tender, about 2 minutes. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Add pancetta and cook until brown and crispy, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to bring? These side dishes are always welcome at a summer picnic," 29 June 2018 Flip and cook until golden on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Easy pancakes make any morning special," 26 June 2018 Stir in the cornmeal and cook until the chili thickens, about 5 minutes. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018 Add the vegetables, return to a simmer and cook until just barely soft, about 3 minutes. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bravo's ziti chicken dish gets new name, same great taste," 15 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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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 How to pronounce cook (audio) \

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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