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Definition of bake verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    bake

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//beɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bake
    BrE BrE//beɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪk//
     
    he / she / it bakes
    BrE BrE//beɪks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪks//
     
    past simple baked
    BrE BrE//beɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪkt//
     
    past participle baked
    BrE BrE//beɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//beɪkt//
     
    -ing form baking
    BrE BrE//ˈbeɪkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeɪkɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to cook food in an oven without extra fat or liquid; to be cooked in this way bake (something) baked apples the delicious smell of baking bread bake something for somebody I'm baking a birthday cake for Alex. bake somebody something I'm baking Alex a cake. CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/​a meal/​a menu/​dinner/​the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/​the ingredients wash/​rinse the lettuce/​spinach/​watercress chop/​slice/​dice the carrots/​onions/​potatoes peel the carrots/​onion/​potatoes/​garlic/​orange grate a carrot/​the cheese/​some nutmeg remove/​discard the bones/​seeds/​skin blend/​combine/​mix (together) the flour and water/​all the ingredients beat/​whisk the cream/​eggs/​egg whites knead/​shape/​roll (out) the doughCooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/​heat the oven/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) a boil stir constantly/​gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/​until reduced by half melt the butter/​chocolate/​cheese/​sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/​the water from the pot/​in a colander mash the potatoes/​banana/​avocadoWays of cooking cook food/​fish/​meat/​rice/​pasta/​a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/​a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/​a pie/​potatoes/​fish/​scones/​muffins boil cabbage/​potatoes/​an egg/​water fry/​deep-fry/​stir-fry the chicken/​vegetables grill meat/​steak/​chicken/​sausages/​a hot dog roast potatoes/​peppers/​meat/​chicken/​lamb sauté garlic/​mushrooms/​onions/​potatoes/​vegetables steam rice/​vegetables/​spinach/​asparagus/​dumplings toast bread/​nuts microwave food/​popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/​on a bed of rice/​with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/​in a layer carve the meat/​lamb/​chicken/​turkey dress/​toss a salad dress with/​drizzle with olive oil/​vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/​a scoop of ice cream/​whipped cream/​syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/​fresh basil leaves/​lemon wedges/​a slice of lime/​a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/​sugar/​herbs/​parsley/​freshly ground black pepper See related entries: Ways of cooking
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to become or to make something become hard by heating The bricks are left in the kiln to bake. bake something (+ adj.) The sun had baked the ground hard.
  3. 3[intransitive] (informal) to be or become very hot We sat baking in the sun. see also half-baked See related entries: The sun and the moon
  4. Word Origin Old English bacan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bakken and German backen.Extra examples The bread is baking in the oven. The house was filled with the scent of freshly baked bread. I’m baking Alex a cake. The delicious smell of baking bread came wafting up the stairs. baked potatoes

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