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

     

    toast

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//təʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they toast
    BrE BrE//təʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊst//
     
    he / she / it toasts
    BrE BrE//təʊsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊsts//
     
    past simple toasted
    BrE BrE//ˈtəʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊstɪd//
     
    past participle toasted
    BrE BrE//ˈtəʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊstɪd//
     
    -ing form toasting
    BrE BrE//ˈtəʊstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊstɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[transitive] toast somebody/something to lift a glass of wine, etc. in the air and drink it at the same time as other people in order to wish somebody/something success, happiness, etc. The happy couple were toasted in champagne. We toasted the success of the new company. See related entries: Marriage
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] toast (something) to make something, especially bread, turn brown by heating it in a toaster or close to heat; to turn brown in this way The buns should be served lightly toasted. a toasted sandwich Place under a hot grill until the nuts have toasted. 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
  3. 3[transitive] toast something to warm a part of your body by placing it near a fire He sat toasting his feet in front of the fire.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘burn as the sun does, parch’): from Old French toster ‘roast’, from Latin torrere ‘parch’. The practice of drinking a toast goes back to the late 17th cent., and originated in naming a lady whose health the company was requested to drink, the idea being that the lady's name flavoured the drink like the pieces of spiced toast that were formerly placed in drinks such as wine.Extra examples He raised his glass, silently toasting his absent son. Toast the bread lightly on both sides. We toasted his victory in champagne.
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