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present participle of cook entry 2


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cook·​ing ˈku̇-kiŋ How to pronounce cooking (audio)
: the act of preparing food for eating especially by heating : the act of cooking food
I do most of the cooking for our family.
: a manner of preparing food : cuisine
a technique used in French cooking
: food that is cooked
Do you like my cooking?
see also home cooking


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: suitable or used for cooking
bought some cooking apples
cooking techniques
Cooking time is about 30 minutes.

Examples of cooking in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cooking was in 1596

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“Cooking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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