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Definition of cook verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cook
    he / she / it cooks
    past simple cooked
    -ing form 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. Topic CollocationsCookingpreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach 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/rind/peel 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/the broiler bring to 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 dissolve the sugar in water brown the meat for 8-10 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander/in a strainer mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoways of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Mexican dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/a pie/potatoes/muffins/cookies/fish boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/a hot dog/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables broil meat/steak/chicken/sausages roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/beef sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/a frozen dinner/a TV dinnerserving serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in layers carve the meat/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
  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. Idioms
    cook the books (informal)
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    to change facts or figures dishonestly or illegally His accountant had been cooking the books for years.
    cook somebody's goose (informal)
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    to ruin someone's chances of success
    Phrasal Verbscook somethingup
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