• Bake


    • IPA: /beɪk/
    • Rhymes: -eɪk


    From Middle English baken, from Old English bacan ("to bake"), from Proto-Germanic *bakaną ("to bake"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōg- ("to roast, bake"). Cognate with West Frisian bakke ("to bake"), Dutch bakken ("to bake"), Low German backen ("to bake"), German backen ("to bake"), Danish bage ("to bake"), Swedish baka ("to bake"), Ancient Greek φώγω (phōgō, "roast", verb.), Persian پختن (pokhtan, "to bake", verb.).

    Full definition of bake


    1. (transitive or intransitive) To cook (something) in an oven.I baked a delicious cherry pie.She's been baking all day to prepare for the dinner.
    2. (transitive) To dry by heat.
    3. (intransitive) To prepare food by baking it.
    4. (intransitive) To be baked to heating or drying.The clay baked in the sun.
    5. (intransitive, figuratively) To be hot.It is baking in the greenhouse.I'm baking after that workout in the gym.
    6. (intransitive, slang) To smoke marijuana.
    7. To harden by cold.
      • Shakespeare:The earth ... is baked with frost.
      • Spenser:They bake their sides upon the cold, hard stone.

    Usage notes

    In the dialects of northern England, the simple past book and past participle baken are sometimes encountered.


    Related terms



    (plural bakes)
    1. (UK, NZ) Any of various baked dishes resembling casserole.
      • 2009, Rosalind Peters, Kate Pankhurst, Clive Boursnell, Midnight Feast Magic: Sleepover Fun and FoodIf you happen to have small, heat-proof glass or ceramic pots in your kitchen (known as ramekins) then you can make this very easy pasta bake in fun-size, individual portions.
    2. The act of cooking food by baking.


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