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roast

verb \ ˈrōst \

Definition of roast

transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of roast in a Sentence

  1. The chicken is roasting in the oven.

  2. We roasted the peanuts over the fire.

  3. The peanuts roasted over the fire.

  4. We were roasting in the hot sun.

  5. The movie is being roasted by the critics.

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Origin and Etymology of roast

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

roast Synonyms

Synonyms
chaff, jive, joke, josh, kid, rally, razz, rib, ride, tease
Related Words
banter; fool, fun, string along; jest, quip, wisecrack; gag, jape, jolly, yuk (or yuck) [slang]

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roast

noun

Definition of roast

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

Examples of roast in a Sentence

  1. She made a roast for dinner.

  2. We're having pork roast for dinner.

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First Known Use of roast

14th century


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roast

adjective

Definition of roast

:that has been roasted
  • roast beef

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First Known Use of roast

14th century



ROAST Defined for English Language Learners

roast

verb

Definition of roast for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • : to be very hot


roast

noun

Definition of roast for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of meat that is roasted

  • : an outdoor party at which food is cooked over an open fire

  • : an event at which someone is honored and people tell jokes or funny stories about that person in a friendly way


roast

adjective

Definition of roast for English Language Learners

  • : cooked by roasting


ROAST Defined for Kids

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roast

verb \ ˈrōst \

Definition of roast for Students

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

roaster

noun

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roast

adjective

Definition of roast for Students

:cooked with dry heat
  • roast beef

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roast

noun

Definition of roast for Students

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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