pre·​cook | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈku̇k How to pronounce precook (audio) \
precooked; precooking; precooks

Definition of precook

transitive verb

: to cook partially or entirely before final cooking or reheating

Examples of precook in a Sentence

He precooked the chicken before he grilled it. The pasta should be precooked and allowed to cool.

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Politics takes your feelings and disguises them as ideas, precooked and suitable for all occasions. Mick Lasalle, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bill Maher says reviews like ‘I Feel Pretty’ aren’t reviews. Do you agree?," 30 May 2018 Meat is never precooked but guaranteed to cook from start to finish right there in the pit. Special To The Oregonian,, "Gerry Frank's picks: It's always time for barbecue," 12 May 2018 Cut leafy greens and precooked chicken in cooler without any date-marking. Ryan Santistevan, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: Handwashing a problem at six eateries," 9 May 2018 For starters, the Trump administration will be selling a tax plan of its own, and, with luck, one precooked with congressional leaders, rather than hoping somebody else presents one that is acceptable. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "While Health Care Divides the Party, Republicans Hope Tax Cuts Will Unite," 18 July 2017 Another option is to precook your items until almost done, then simply mark them on the grill. James P. Dewan,, "How to avoid meat that's blackened outside, raw inside, and other grilling tips," 19 July 2017 Get Precooking I parboil potatoes, beets, and other hardy veggies about 80 percent of the way on my (indoor) stovetop before throwing them on the grill for a nice char. Brad Leone, Bon Appetit, "Why You Should Use Your Grill Like a Stove," 30 May 2017 These tiny pellets of semolina are precooked and dried, making them a tasty, quick-to-prepare side dish. Orange County Register, "Recipe: Herb couscous is tasty and easy to prepare," 18 Jan. 2017 The RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove plugs into the outlet and can be used to heat (up to 300 degrees) all kinds of precooked food, from soup to frozen dinners. Stephanie Rosenbloom, New York Times, "How to Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Road Trip," 22 Nov. 2016

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of precook

: to cook (food) partially or entirely at an earlier time

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