Definition of cooking

 (Entry 1 of 3)

present participle of cook entry 2


cook·​ing | \ ˈku̇-kiŋ How to pronounce cooking (audio) \

Definition of cooking (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : the act of preparing food for eating especially by heating : the act of cooking food I do most of the cooking for our family.
b : a manner of preparing food : cuisine a technique used in French cooking
2 : food that is cooked Do you like my cooking? — see also home cooking



Definition of cooking (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of cooking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The show is a cooking competition in which master bakers work to create hyper-realistic cakes that look exactly like everyday objects. Joe Otterson, Variety, 2 June 2022 Cooking by instinct is often heralded as the secret to becoming a better home cook, but not everyone is born with a cooking intuition. Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Culinary students from Escondido Union High School District recently took part in a cooking competition at Orange Glen High School. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 While the Duo is the entry level of Instant Pots, the Duo Plus offers more cooking options, in particular the sous vide and sterilization functions. Josie Howell |, al, 29 Apr. 2022 Created by Levy and centering around one of the most versatile and underestimated dining experiences, ‘The Big Brunch’ is a cooking competition series that celebrates the most inspiring undiscovered culinary voices from every corner of the country. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 31 Mar. 2022 A month later, the video is causing quite a stir on social media, especially after Olympic track star Ashley Spencer resurfaced Patton's tutorial Monday on TikTok with her own hilarious commentary, pointing out some of the actress' cooking faux pas. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Audiences can expect more cooking, more comedy, more outrageous props, more music, and more potentially dangerous science stuff than past tours. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 23 Mar. 2022 In a cooking lesson with Chef Nobu, one writer learns the simplicity of sushi is the product of a lifetime of mastering the craft. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cooking


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Cooking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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