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

Can use premade roasted peppers from a jar instead of roasting them yourself. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Life changes takes this self-taught chef on journey that started with cooking out of necessity," 11 June 2019 Then it is cooled before its seared and roasted again to achieve the crispy skin that people love so much. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Sage French Café demystifies crispy duck," 7 June 2019 What else is there to say about roasting a Thanksgiving turkey? Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "The key to these gooey, chocolaty blondies? Open sesame.," 3 June 2019 Add radishes to pan and roast until potatoes are golden brown and radishes are tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Lamb Chops With Roasted Potatoes and Radishes," 11 Mar. 2019 Chefs spread it under the skin of a chicken before roasting. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "In Zhoug Sauce, spice is so nice," 21 May 2018 Rub down a batch of vegetables before roasting, use a dollop to sautée garlic and ginger, or drop a spoonful into hot drinks like chaider for a mid-morning energy boost. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Ghee, the Clarified Butter We Could Eat by the Spoon?," 5 Apr. 2018 Or try cooking the greens, tossing the inner stalks with oil before roasting or grilling. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Salads, roasting and grilling ideas for puntarelle, now in season," 2 Mar. 2018 Drizzle with a mix of olive oil, pepper, cumin, garlic and lime juice before roasting. Stacy Pelekhaty, baltimoresun.com, "New Year, New You: Nutrition for glowing skin, strong nails and shiny hair," 18 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What better to stuff a squid with, or garnish a bowl of steaming noodles or simply spit-roast and scoff? The Economist, "African swine fever spreads to South-East Asia," 19 June 2019 Then, on Sunday, June 23, Ohio City Galley will hold its inaugural Pig & Party noon to 6 p.m. A pig roast will be held with dishes from all four Galley chefs. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Ohio City Galley schedules 2 summer parties, patio opening," 19 June 2019 Enjoy a picnic at Village Park, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive, from noon to 8:30 p.m. Hot dogs, burgers and more will be for sale, and the Brown Deer junior baseball team will be doing a corn roast. Jennifer Whidden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's everything you need to know for 4th of July in Milwaukee and the suburbs," 13 June 2019 Stunning forest-green tiles line the espresso bar, where baristas explain how to best enjoy the day’s selection of ultra-premium roasts — via batch brew, pour-over or flight. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "6 best new, eclectic Bay Area coffee houses," 8 June 2019 Imagine putting your roast dinner in the oven for three hours, only to realise the darn thing wasn't turned on in the first place. SI.com, "The Definitive 2018/19 Alternative European End of Season Awards," 6 June 2019 Just lightly coat a whole unpeeled garlic head with some olive oil, place in a small baking dish, and roast in a 375-degree oven until very tender when carefully and gently squeezed while wearing an oven glove, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: A pasta dish for all seasons," 5 June 2019 Over two more glasses of wine and pasta with roast suckling pig, public perception is a recurring theme. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 Put the lamb on the rack and roast until well browned on the exterior, about 30 minutes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 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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