roast

verb
\ ˈrōst How to pronounce roast (audio) \
roasted; roasting; roasts

Definition of roast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to cook by exposing to dry heat (as in an oven or before a fire) or by surrounding with hot embers, sand, or stones roast a potato in ashes
b : to dry and parch by exposure to heat roast coffee beans
2 : to heat (inorganic material) with access of air and without fusing to effect change (such as expulsion of volatile matter, oxidation, or removal of sulfur from sulfide ores)
3 : to heat to excess roasted by the summer sun
4 : to subject to severe criticism or ridicule films have been roasted by most critics— H. J. Seldes
5 : to honor (a person) at a roast

intransitive verb

1 : to cook food by heat
2 : to undergo being roasted

roast

noun

Definition of roast (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a piece of meat suitable for roasting
2 : a gathering at which food is roasted before an open fire or in hot ashes or sand
3 : an act or process of roasting specifically : severe banter or criticism
4 : a banquet honoring a person (such as a celebrity) who is subjected to humorous tongue-in-cheek ridicule by friends

roast

adjective

Definition of roast (Entry 3 of 3)

: that has been roasted roast beef

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Synonyms for roast

Synonyms: Verb

chaff, jive, joke, josh, kid, rally, razz, rib, ride, tease

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Examples of roast in a Sentence

Verb

The chicken is roasting in the oven. We roasted the peanuts over the fire. The peanuts roasted over the fire. We were roasting in the hot sun. The movie is being roasted by the critics.

Noun

She made a roast for dinner. We're having pork roast for dinner.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Update | As a heat wave swept across California this past summer, a fire broke out on the parched hills of northeastern Los Angeles and roasted several vehicles along a major highway. Seung Lee, Newsweek, "How the Government's Drone Registry May Have Broken the Law," 29 Feb. 2016 Place a roasting rack in the pan, then place the turkey on top, breast side up. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Prepare and Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 On the menu: Steaks and seafood, sure, but also specialty entrees such as baby back pork ribs and roasted half chicken. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 Lacking those, use roasted jalapeños that have been peeled and chopped, very thinly sliced raw jalapeños, or a can of pickled jalapeños — a compromise perhaps, but better than no chiles at all. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Cheeseburger That Brings the Summer Heat," 29 June 2018 To roast potatoes: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to steam eggs and cook potatoes for perfect potato salad," 20 June 2018 The Journal Sentinel investigation also detailed how five workers at a Texas coffee roasting facility became gravely ill from a serious and sometimes fatal lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 coffee-roasters found to have high levels of dangerous chemicals in the air that make workers sick," 16 May 2018 Wednesday ▪ The Comedy Zone puts a local spin on the fine art of roasting at Comedy Smackdown 8: The Roast Battle. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | May 4-10 | Charlotte Observer," 2 May 2018 Late night's latest roasting victim? Michael Cohen. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "'He's not five minutes loyal': Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel roast Michael Cohen," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Luckily, the process requires no more than a quick roast and blend. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Nut Butter With Any Kind of Nut," 9 Nov. 2018 Of course, Tiffany is a comedian and this was definitely a roast, not a serious diss. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lauren Jauregui May Have Weighed in on Tiffany Haddish's Fifth Harmony Diss During VMAs 2018," 22 Aug. 2018 Nestle among vegetables on one baking sheet and roast both sheets until chicken is golden brown and cooked through and peppers are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers," 21 Dec. 2018 Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender, 60 to 65 minutes. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Gingery Sweet Potato Pie," 1 Nov. 2018 After 3 minutes on high heat, place the skillet in the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Oven-Roasted Squab and Watercress Salad Recipe," 17 Aug. 2011 Nestle chicken breasts into vegetables, transfer to oven, and roast until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender, 18 to 22 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Spring Sauté," 7 Mar. 2019 Transfer to oven and roast until chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Cider-Braised Chicken-and-Fennel Panzanella," 21 Sep. 2018 Pair sweet red grapes with cabbage for an impressive side dish to go alongside delicious roast pork. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Red Grapes and Cabbage," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This is, after all, the couple who famously got engaged over a roast chicken. Vogue, "Sounds Like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Quite the Magical Garden at Frogmore Cottage," 9 Apr. 2019 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are many things: philanthropists, activists, roast chicken-eaters. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Allegedly Stole Their New Instagram Handle, and I'm Living for the Drama," 5 Apr. 2019 Cover cauliflower and pan with foil and roast 30 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Caper Vinaigrette," 30 Nov. 2018 Cook grains and beans, roast vegetables, prepare ingredients like hummus and pickled onions, wash greens, and even pre-chop or shred some raw veggie ingredients on the weekend for easy weekday meals. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 To dry roast spices, place them in a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Don’t expect smiles or chitchat from the busy and busty dirndl-wearing waitresses, but do expect plates piled with roast pork belly, crispy schnitzels, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss zucchini with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; arrange in an even layer and roast 6 minutes. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Roasted Shrimp Scampi," 20 Aug. 2018 Barbecue is a very popular category, as the chain’s mainland name suggests, and it is inspired by Chinese-style char sui ribs and roast pork, though with a special house sauce that is thicker and browner than that at Chinese restaurants. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Where to try Hawaiian plate lunches on the mainland," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of roast

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roast

Verb

Middle English rosten, from Anglo-French rostir, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rōsten to roast

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roast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of roast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to cook (food such as chicken, potatoes, or beef) with dry heat in an oven or over a fire
: to dry (something, such as a bean or nut) with heat
informal : to be very hot

roast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of roast (Entry 2 of 3)

: a piece of meat that is roasted
US : an outdoor party at which food is cooked over an open fire
US : an event at which someone is honored and people tell jokes or funny stories about that person in a friendly way

roast

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of roast (Entry 3 of 3)

: cooked by roasting

roast

verb
\ ˈrōst How to pronounce roast (audio) \
roasted; roasting

Kids Definition of roast

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to cook with dry heat (as in an oven)
2 : to be or make very hot I roasted in the sun.

Other Words from roast

roaster noun

roast

adjective

Kids Definition of roast (Entry 2 of 3)

: cooked with dry heat roast beef

roast

noun

Kids Definition of roast (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a piece of meat suitable for cooking with dry heat
2 : an outdoor party at which food is cooked over an open fire

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