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

Twenty Years Ago Fullmer Chapman, poised to retire after more than a decade as public works director for the city of La Cañada Flintridge was feted — and roasted — at a luncheon held at the LCF Country Club. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: Pro golfer Jerry Barber wins SoCal PGA match play championship," 15 July 2019 So how can Colorado be so cold while the earth is roasting as a whole? Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "It’s been a cold 2019 in Colorado. Climate change is still happening.," 11 July 2019 The new show will poke fun at its hometown for the past decade, because real love means roasting the place that supports you. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Things to do this weekend: Travel the world with Orlando events," 10 July 2019 Place roasting pan in a 285F degree oven and braise slowly until goat is fork tender. National Geographic, "Braised Goat Leg & Shoulder," 2 July 2019 Got enough hours on a Saturday morning to slowly roast a pork shoulder? Julia Turshen, Washington Post, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 1 July 2019 Yes, there’s a perfect way of roasting a chicken, filleting fish, of doing all these things. Rachel King, Fortune, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on Netflix, Social Media, and Opening a Restaurant," 30 June 2019 The family lived above the store and Engardio said his job as a kid was to roast peanuts, which took a long time. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo centenarian experienced many adventures," 27 June 2019 Remove foil, stir, and roast another 10 minutes and until tender and golden brown. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Give local carrots a luxurious twist with creamy burrata cheese and herbs," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An excellent roast pork has wandered off the menu, but the beef tagliata remains, fanned across a hearty vegetable hash with a light touch of sweet saba. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Fellow Osteria in Scottsdale is too interesting to ignore but too inconsistent to embrace," 16 July 2019 Consider these options as well: rye, roast beef and horseradish; dinner rolls, lump crabmeat and whole-grain mustard; ciabatta, olive oil, jamon and Manchego. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019 During a busy dinner service, a slab of crispy roast pork hangs off a butcher’s hook and baskets of dim sum sit atop a steamer as Wong calls out instructions to his team. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Fights Over 'Authentic' Chinese Food Have a Long and Complicated History. Now They're Tearing the Culinary World Apart," 8 July 2019 And that includes deli meat — whether red (like roast beef or ham) or white (like turkey or chicken). 2. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What exactly is a processed meat? And how much is safe to eat?," 30 June 2019 The other guests were Wall Street bankers, U.N. diplomats, venture capitalists, and book authors, and the chef-prepared dinner of roast chicken and vegetables was passed by a uniformed server. Tatiana Boncompagni, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Hollywood's Dangerous Anti-Aging Secret," 21 May 2019 Arrange the prosciutto slices in a single layer on the rack and roast until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: How to select (and utilize) melon," 2 July 2019 Vitello tonnato, the classic Italian summer dish, typically uses veal roast or veal shoulder and is served at room temperature. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019 Spread out evenly on a sheet pan and roast until the asparagus is vibrant green and tender, 10 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Bibby Gignilliat, The Mercury News, "Quick cook: Party-perfect asparagus with pistachio pesto," 22 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

B&B’s brisket walked the occasional line between hard-core smoked beef with a stegosaurus ridge of crunchy bark and wilted roast beef with the flop sweats. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: B&B Smokehouse sets a solid barbecue table on San Antonio’s South Side," 13 June 2019 Enjoy this with substantial dishes, such as roast chicken. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $15, this soulful Spanish garnacha from a lesser-known region is a steal," 7 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of roast was in the 13th century

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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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