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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


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


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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cookable \ ˈku̇-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce Cook (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 That’s especially the case with frittatas, for which there is no need to play short-order cook for each person. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 Olson’s crew is his family, plus his coach and a cook. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 Entitled, ‘A Seat At The Table’ there will be cook-alongs with Paul Merrett, workshops, and discussions featuring the likes of Joanna Lumley, Ian Hislop, Alexei Sayle, Fiona Shaw, Jo Brand, Nikesh Shukla, and Zoe Adjonyoh. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Bring the potatoes and 4 quarts water to a simmer in a large pot and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 June 2021 Add the cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds., 2 June 2021 This means long, multi-hour cook times for ribs or briskets are possible without having to worry about the fire. Ariel Scotti, Southern Living, 2 June 2021 Already an avid cook, Michelle Rodriguez had been busy finessing her skills in a culinary arts program at Moraine Valley Community College. Janice Neumann,, 2 June 2021 Robots also lack the kind of intelligence, manual dexterity, and people skills that any good cook, host, or server relies on to keep their diners happy. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb SquareMeal ready-to-cook food includes American classics and is not typically Asian-focused. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2021 Grill the corn until the kernels are darkly browned, rotating the ears every minute or so to ensure the ears cook evenly. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The 66-year-old Tennessee cook suffers from chronic liver disease, high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat and the toll of a heart attack. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, 8 May 2021 The machine kneads and tops the dough and customers can watch the pizza cook behind a small glass window. CNN, 6 May 2021 DeMaria explains that the salt raises the water's boiling point, making the pasta cook faster. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 30 Apr. 2021 In a medium saucepan of unsalted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil, cook pasta according to package directions — set a timer! Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2021 In second pot of water, cook pasta per package directions. Ashley Rodriguez, Woman's Day, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cook


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cook


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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The first known use of cook was before the 12th century

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“Cook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who prepares and cooks food for eating at home, in a restaurant, etc.



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


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Kids Definition of cook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who prepares food for eating


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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