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

      

    cook

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʊk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cook
    BrE BrE//kʊk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʊk//
     
    he / she / it cooks
    BrE BrE//kʊks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʊks//
     
    past simple cooked
    BrE BrE//kʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʊkt//
     
    past participle cooked
    BrE BrE//kʊkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʊkt//
     
    -ing form cooking
    BrE BrE//ˈkʊkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʊkɪŋ//
     
    Ways of cooking
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to prepare food by heating it, for example by boiling, baking or frying it Where did you learn to cook? cook something What's the best way to cook trout? Who's going to cook supper? Add the onion and cook for three minutes. He cooked lunch for me. cook somebody something He cooked me lunch. 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] (of food) to be prepared by boiling, baking, frying, etc. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce.
  3. 3[intransitive] be cooking (informal) to be planned secretly Everyone is being very secretive—there's something cooking.
  4. Word Origin Old English cōc (noun), from popular Latin cocus, from Latin coquus.Extra examples Ensure that the meat is cooked through. I’ll cook you a special meal for your birthday. Make sure you cook the meat well. The vegetables were cooked perfectly. Turn the fish over so that it cooks evenly. the smell of freshly cooked bacon What’s the best way to cook trout? Who’s going to cook supper?Idioms (informal) to be doing something very well and successfully (informal) to change facts or figures dishonestly or illegally His accountant had been cooking the books for years.
    cook somebody’s goose
     
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    (informal) to ruin somebody’s chances of success
    Phrasal Verbscook somethingup
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