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

After that game, UO coach Mario Cristobal was roasted for mishandling the clock, a macho-or-bust offensive philosophy and for apparently misunderstanding the NCAA rules regarding player re-entry. oregonlive, "Goe: The Oregon Ducks leave no question while pounding overmatched Nevada," 8 Sep. 2019 There were moms and dads and children in their little chairs with a little awning, hanging out roasting marshmallows, doing their thing. Bobby Olivier, Billboard, "The Forgotten Woodstock: The Oral History of Woodstock '89, The Impromptu Little Festival That Could," 15 Aug. 2019 In addition to testing whether characteristics like age or breed impacted the taste of an animal, Alexander and her assistant cooked the meats using a variety of methods—roasting, frying, boiling, or braising—to see which was the most appealing. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The Government Taste Testers Who Reshaped America’s Diet," 9 Aug. 2019 One of the most delicious ways to enjoy Brussels sprouts is oven roasted. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts," 9 July 2019 On Saturday night, Michelle Wolf roasted the current presidential administration and the media at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, as per annual tradition. Laura Bradley, HWD, "It’s Political Media vs. Comedians as White House Press Association Disavows Michelle Wolf," 30 Apr. 2018 Serve with a squeeze of lemon and the Pimenton Aioli, accompanied by potatoes roasted with olive oil and herbs. Dallas News, "Sous vide school: 3 top Dallas chefs teach us how to cook chicken, steak and even octopus," 20 Aug. 2019 There’s more: octopus roasted with artichokes and Taggiasca olives, Adriatic prawns, and scallops and sea bass on mashed potatoes with juniper drops. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 To some, especially in rural areas of Texas or neighboring states like Arkansas, McNabb is raising a reasonable safety concern and being roasted for it. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "How '30-50 Feral Hogs' Became the New 'Thoughts and Prayers'," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This is a bird that eats more like a rotisserie chicken than a roast chicken. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "Crispy Skin Isn't the End Game of Roast Chicken," 11 Sep. 2019 Other pictures showed customers grabbing packets of roast chicken and elbowing out other shoppers at the store. Time, "Amid Hour-Long Lines, Customers Fight Over Products as Costco Opens First Store in China," 29 Aug. 2019 Other pictures showed customers grabbing packets of roast chicken and elbowing out other shoppers at the store. Bloomberg News, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Please don’t come’: Costco opens in China, and was so popular it had to suspend operations," 28 Aug. 2019 Other pictures showed customers grabbing packets of roast chicken and elbowing out other shoppers at the store. Fortune, "Watch Costco Chaos at Its China Debut," 27 Aug. 2019 Other pictures showed customers grabbing packets of roast chicken and elbowing out other shoppers at the store. Los Angeles Times, "Costco’s first store in China opens with a frenzy," 27 Aug. 2019 As before, the new Cubano’s by Mario will feature Cuban and Latin dishes, such as lechon asado ($29.99) and palomilla steak ($26.99), along with Jack Daniels roast pork cooked in whiskey ($33.99). Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Mario’s Catalina in Fort Lauderdale is reborn as Cubano’s by Mario," 26 July 2019 That means fresh Maine lobster rolls, whole-belly fried clams, sea scallops, steamers, roast beef, skin-on fries and more are mere days away. The Know, The Denver Post, "New England seafood restaurant Maine Shack to open in LoHi — finally," 16 July 2019 Transfer to oven and roast until crispy, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Brussels sprouts shine with soy ginger glaze at Grille 66," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rightfully famous for its roast chicken for two stuffed with foie gras, black truffle and brioche, the NoMad casino even has slot machines where hitting three little chickens will win you a big jackpot. Michele Parente, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Everything you need to know about Las Vegas’ latest reinvention, from Eataly to Lady Gaga and the NoMad," 9 Sep. 2019 The meal includes roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, Harvard beets, green beans, coleslaw, drinks and dessert. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Murder mystery fundraiser invites locals to solve ‘whodunnit’; cornhole tournament," 4 Sep. 2019 The steam, in fact, seemed to influence the meat more than the hot iron, leaving it as pale and bland as roast beef. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine restaurant is mid-level Mexican food in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 22 Aug. 2019 The Mother has made greens for her son, a vegan, and roast chicken for her husband. New York Times, "Review: Police Violence Reaches Opera in ‘Blue’," 2 Aug. 2019 For one of the penultimate production days, the catering team provided a Christmas-type lunch with turkey, stuffing, roast vegetables and pigs in blankets with gravy. Hilary Fox, Twin Cities, "Snow inside, but hot outside as casts work on holiday shows," 2 Aug. 2019 For one of the penultimate production days, the catering team provided a Christmas-type lunch with turkey, stuffing, roast vegetables and pigs in blankets with gravy. Washington Post, "Snow inside, but hot outside as casts work on holiday shows," 1 Aug. 2019 Fish and shrimp tacos with all the fixings and a roast corn salad – plus an extra sandwich for the weekend – are placed in separate hot and cold coolers. AZCentral.com, "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 The plan, based on the 2017 book The Coffee Lover’s Diet by medical doctor Bob Arnot, involves drinking a minimum of three cups of light roast coffee daily, due to its higher polyphenol antioxidant content. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "Can the Coffee Diet Really Help With Weight Loss—and Is It Safe?," 19 July 2019

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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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