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verb bake pronunciation in American English /beɪk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybake
he/she/itbakes
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.
      a baked apple
    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.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal to be very hot
    It’s baking in here! Can I open a window?

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