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verb bake pronunciation in American English /beɪk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebaking
past tensebaked
past participlebaked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make bread, cakes, etc. using an oven

    Grandma always baked on Saturday.

    I’m baking a cake for Tom’s birthday.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to cook food in an oven

      Bake the fish for about ten minutes.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] food that is baking is being cooked in an oven

      We could smell the bread baking.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to use heat to make something hard

    The sun had baked the red earth.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become hard after being heated
  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal to be very hot

    It’s baking in here! Can I open a window?



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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