- 1[transitive, usually passive] cake something (in/with something) to cover something with a thick layer of something soft that becomes hard when it dries Her shoes were caked with mud. When he ran onstage, his face was caked with make-up. The cloth was caked in her blood.
- 2[intransitive] if a substance cakes, it becomes hard when it dries Word Origin Middle English (denoting a small flat bread roll): of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish kaka and Danish kage.
BrE BrE//keɪk//; NAmE NAmE//keɪk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cake
BrE BrE//keɪk//; NAmE NAmE//keɪk//he / she / it cakes
BrE BrE//keɪks//; NAmE NAmE//keɪks//past simple caked
BrE BrE//keɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//keɪkt//past participle caked
BrE BrE//keɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//keɪkt//-ing form caking
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪkɪŋ//