cook - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlecooking
past tensecooked
past participlecooked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to prepare food and heat it so that it is ready to eat

    Cook the apple slowly until it is soft.

    When did you learn to cook?

    cook something for someone:

    Joe’s cooking dinner for me tonight.

    cook someone something:

    He offered to cook me lunch.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] when food cooks, it is heated so that it is ready to eat

      The potatoes need to cook for about 20 minutes.

  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to change information dishonestly

    They cooked the scripts to make Adams look stupid.

phrasal verbs