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

More home cooks, too, are discovering that some of the best rice on offer doesn’t come precooked, in a microwavable envelope, and it isn’t imported, either. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018 Add the edamame and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the beans are bright green. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Edamame Succotash Salad," 11 July 2018 Just before serving, add pasta and let cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Artistry, flavor blends are marks of Moroccan," 10 July 2018 This year's postings show Trump's club wants to hire one more foreign cook than last year. David A. Fahrenthold, latimes.com, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida seeks to hire 61 foreign workers as seasonal cooks and waiters," 6 July 2018 However, a cook cannot produce good food with broken tools. SI.com, "Improving Newcastle's Academy Might Just Make the Magpies Premier League Regulars for Years to Come," 4 July 2018 After starting as the inn's only cook on opening night, when dinner was $4.95, O'Connell now oversees dozens of kitchen staff with discipline and humor. CBS News, "The Inn at Little Washington's recipe for success," 2 July 2018 Dwyane Wade is many things: a father, an NBA basketball player, a wine enthusiast, a foodie—but not a cook. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "See Inside Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union's Home Kitchen—Where They 'Absolutely' Do Not Cook," 21 June 2018 Stir in greens; cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With much bravado Miguel cooked up tri-tip and chicken and other fixings that go with the succulent meat. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Club wrangles members into the Saddle & Sirloin Club for annual summer party," 9 July 2018 Check the daily specials board for his seafood inspiration of the moment, but expect staples like scallops in puff pastry and fish broth sauce ($33); and a Branzino filet cooked with tomatoes, onion, garlic and pepper ($32). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 Walter truly lived life through life's' simplest pleasures; cooking, traveling, and happy hours with friends. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/8," 8 July 2018 Just try to avoid cooking with the stovetop and oven when the temperature spikes. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Set your sights on summertime energy savings," 8 July 2018 Windsor Canning employed 50 men, women, and children who cooked and canned squash, apples, tomatoes, and pumpkins. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Historian Bob Bell Examines 'Makin' Stuff In Windsor'," 2 July 2018 But today’s 35-year-olds, who haven’t cooked much for themselves so far, will likely keep ordering as family demands squeeze their time and increase overall dollars spent. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Can’t Anyone Here Cook Anymore?," 19 June 2018 Volunteer Teresa Mittons’ love of food came from cooking with her father after he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago in action: Give back to the city with these three volunteer organizations," 14 June 2018 Edith served as a 4-H leader in Granby for many years, sharing her knowledge of German cooking with a generation of cooks. courant.com, "Edith D. Wilhelm," 27 May 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

: 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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