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verb     roast pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleroasting
past tenseroasted
past participleroasted
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to cook meat or vegetables in an oven or over a fire
    1. a.
      to heat nuts or coffee beans until they are dry
  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to criticize someone or something very severely
  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to tease in a good-natured way

    Whoever is eventually named as master of ceremonies for the dinner will have a chance to tease, needle or even roast the president.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/02/2017


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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