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verb cook pronunciation in American English /kʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecooking
past tensecooked
past participlecooked
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  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.

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