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

To raise money for an orphanage, a Mexican cook named Ignacio moonlights as a professional wrestler. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Getting back to Abaco is the dream of Betty Edmond, a 43-year-old cook who picked at some fries with her son and husband in a restaurant at a Nassau hotel, where her nephew is paying for their stay. Washington Post, "Desperation mounts in Bahamas as shelters turn evacuees away," 11 Sep. 2019 Getting back to Abaco is the dream of Betty Edmond, a 43-year-old cook who picked at some fries with her son and husband in a restaurant at a Nassau hotel, where her nephew is paying for their stay. BostonGlobe.com, "Hurricane survivors struggle to start new life in Bahamas - The Boston Globe," 11 Sep. 2019 Getting back to Abaco is the dream of Betty Edmond, a 43-year-old cook who picked at some fries Monday night while with her son and husband in a restaurant at a Nassau hotel, where her nephew is paying for their stay. Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane survivors struggle to start new life in Bahamas," 10 Sep. 2019 Help a local cook prepare traditional specialties like gallo pinto, tamales, and tortillas; play a game of pick-up fútbol; or practice Spanish with your new Costa Rican friends. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 Getting back to Abaco is the dream of Betty Edmond, a 43-year-old cook who picked at some fries with her son and husband in a restaurant at a Nassau hotel, where her nephew is paying for their stay. DÁnica Coto, chicagotribune.com, "As death toll from Hurricane Dorian rises in the Bahamas, desperation mounts as shelters turn evacuees away," 10 Sep. 2019 Four months into my deployment, Morgan got a cook to make a cake for my 22nd birthday. Sandra Sidi, The Atlantic, "The Male Gaze on Steroids," 6 Sep. 2019 The Senegalese dish is considered to have been an accidental creation by Penda Mbaye, a cook based near the Senegal River delta and Portuguese trading posts, after a shortage of barley forced her to use rice for cooking. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "How Jollof rice became West Africa’s iconic dish and a point of banter between Africans," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the eggs are mostly cooked but still a bit runny, turn off the heat and cover the skillet. BostonGlobe.com, "large plum tomatoes (about ¾ pound)," 17 Sep. 2019 The general consensus when he was lost for the season was that the Brewers’ playoff chances were cooked. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christian Yelich's kneecap is broken but not his spirit as he prepares to cheer on the Brewers," 16 Sep. 2019 Because waxy potatoes are relatively low in starch and high in moisture, their cells stay intact when they’re cooked, meaning that slices or cubes hold up when boiled or baked. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "WTF Is a "Waxy" Potato?," 12 Sep. 2019 And because everything is cooked to order, there can be a wait. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A tasting tour under Carlsbad’s windmill," 12 Sep. 2019 Put the rack and duck back on the pan and return it to the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes until the duck is just cooked. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Cherry Roast Duck," 11 Sep. 2019 The resulting product contains seaweed, plant protein and natural flavors, and can be cooked just like real shrimp (on the barbie, of course, or deep fried in a po-boy, or boiled and dipped in cocktail sauce as an appetizer before your fake steak). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Move Over Fake Meat, It’s Time for Veggie Seafood," 11 Sep. 2019 Both their tofu and prawn amok are cooked to perfection. Kareena Gianani, National Geographic, "Explore Cambodia’s ancient stone city," 10 Sep. 2019 There’s a good chance it will be cooked by someone who’s worked the steam kettles here since the oyster bar opened 13 years ago. Michael Hiller, Los Angeles Times, "The biggest draw at Vegas oyster bars? It’s not the oysters. It’s the pan roasts," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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