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

     

    concoct

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈkɒkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈkɑːkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they concoct
    BrE BrE//kənˈkɒkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈkɑːkt//
     
    he / she / it concocts
    BrE BrE//kənˈkɒkts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈkɑːkts//
     
    past simple concocted
    BrE BrE//kənˈkɒktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈkɑːktɪd//
     
    past participle concocted
    BrE BrE//kənˈkɒktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈkɑːktɪd//
     
    -ing form concocting
    BrE BrE//kənˈkɒktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈkɑːktɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1concoct something to make something, especially food or drink, by mixing different things The soup was concocted from up to a dozen different kinds of fish.
  2. 2concoct something to invent a story, an excuse, etc. synonym cook up, make up She concocted some elaborate story to explain her absence.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin concoct-, literally ‘cooked together’, from concoquere. The original sense was ‘refine metals or minerals by heating’, later ‘cook’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: concoct